Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Crusing Majestic Glacier Bay

The landscape we awoke to the next morning with the sun peeping through...

Incredible scenery...

We had received a complimentary Champagne Breakfast from Princess and this was the perfect morning for it. Can you believe this is for two people? We figured we would need a nap shortly after!

You could just sit on the balcony and watch the scenery drift by...

One of the first glaciers we encountered. Again, it is so hard to get the perspective on how huge this is. It is full of dirt and sand that it collects as it moves.

This might give you a better idea. There are actually two boats that I have circled, and they aren't small boats. The one in the larger circle is an ocean going sailboat. The other is large tour boat. Oooh, I would have loved to have been that close.

So serene...

Today I had something new to fixate on...trying to catch as many seagulls in the photos as I could.

Sailing along peacefully...

Full of tiny bergy bits...

Synchronized sea gulls!

We were lucky to have a balcony on the back of the ship with this amazing panoramic view.

This is the Margerie Glacier, a mile wide and extending back for 21 miles. It is approximately 250 ft high with another 100 feet below the water.

The weather was just perfect...

When it was quiet, you could hear the cracking as chunks broke off...

We were all rooting for a big piece to break off, but it wasn't to be...

Absolutely a highlight of the cruise...


Here is a video from YouTube showing a group of kayakers experiencing the wave after ice calves off the glacier. That would be an amazing experience.

See that black dirt on the right of the Margerie Glacier? That is actually a bigger one, the Grand Pacific Glacier. It stretches back 34 miles. It just isn't as impressive as it is covered in dirt and rocks.


We left the area of the glaciers and sailed past soaring rock faces...

Reflections...

You have limited time as there is always another cruise ship waiting to go into the bay...

Another glacier...

Look at the ice cave...

These are kayakers. Tiny against this backdrop...

This tour boat is probably off loading the kayakers...

More kayakers...I wonder if they'll have the same experience as the kayakers on the YouTube video.

And with one last incredible glacier, our day in Glacier Bay was over. Spectacular!

Tomorrow we'll be in Ketchikan...


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