Visiting Glacier Bay

We’re very excited for our first group of Best of Alaska cruisetour guests to start their 12 night adventure in three days. After the activity-oriented and experience-packed land portion of the trip, they embark on a 7 night cruise from Whittier to Vancouver, BC aboard the Crown Princess.

Glacier Bay National Park

Visiting Glacier Bay National Park aboard the Coral Princess last year. Photo courtesy of Aaron Saunders,

We decided to partner with Princess Cruises for this exclusive trip for 2 reasons: 1) the itinerary includes two glacier visits, Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay 2) the itinerary includes Glacier Bay.

When going all the way to Alaska and if there’s only one glacier you can visit during your time there, make sure it’s Glacier Bay.

Glacier Bay National Park

Experience Glacier Bay. Photo source: Princess Cruises

Why? Because the National Park and Preserve is a UNESCO Heritage Site. If you’ve been fortunate enough to explore other sites designated as such, you’ll know then not just any significant place makes the list.

Glacier Bay National Park contains a collection of both tidewater and non-tidewater glaciers and only two ships per day are permitted to enter the area. You can get “up close and personal,” even as close as a quarter mile (or half a kilometre) to a tidewater glacier. Visitors witness firsthand the impressive calving of the glaciers as huge chunks of ice break off and enter the water with a tremendous crash!

A naturalist comes onboard and provides commentary over the public announcement system. If you’re on a balcony, turn on your television and listen to the commentary from there.

Glacier Bay National Park

No zoom used! A bird flies by our balconies at Glacier Bay.

Birds will fly up close (there are over 200 species there) and from a distance with the assistance of binoculars, you may even see Dall sheep make an appearance. Other wildlife you may see include whales, harbor seals, porpoises, sea otters, brown and black bears, mountain goats, moose, and wolves.

It’s important to note the delicate ecosystem. Visitors are asked and reminded to please not feed the birds and any animals for that matter. Doing so may introduce new diseases and interrupt the natural balance of wildlife there.

Glacier Bay

Only two ships are permitted to enter Glacier Bay in one day.

Having visited Glacier Bay, it really is like another world, like you’re on the moon. If you can’t make it on our Best of Alaska cruisetour, at least try to make it on a cruise that takes you to Glacier Bay.

Visit us next week to learn about the next destination on the trip, Skagway. And if you’re interested in experiencing the Best of Alaska, space is available for our later dates: June 23, July 21 and August 18. Call 1-800-565-2784 to speak with an Alaska Cruise Specialist.

About Vanny

Vanny is Cruise Experts Travel’s Social Media Coordinator. She is a passionate world traveler and has been given an exciting opportunity to share experiences, tips and advice on everything cruising and travel in Alaska.
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