Glacier Viewing Days: Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay National Park

Heading to Whittier to board the Crown Princess, we were relieved that we’d be unpacking only once more for the rest of our trip, but sad that we’d be leaving Jen and Mike, our Tour Director and Driver, respectively. They did a splendid job, giving an inside look at life in as an Alaskan.

The group we’re traveling with is fantastic, too. Always on time for our activities and over the 5 days, we’ve become friends. You’d think that on a ship carrying about 3,000 people, you wouldn’t see much of each other afterward, but we’ve been bumping into some of our friends nearly every time we’re in a public space. It’s fun exchanging what we’ve been up to, what we’re doing and what we plan to do later on. Bumping into old friends on the ship, that’s what it’s like. That’s what it is.

Formal night Alaska Cruise Crown Princess

Bumped into some of our friends on the first formal night.

Our ship arrived at Hubbard Glacier yesterday afternoon and today we’re in Glacier Bay. After the land portion of our trip, these two relaxing days is very much welcomed by everyone in our group!

Ian and I are in an oceanview room this time around, and it has turned out to be a lot more comfortable than we had anticipated. During the times we want to hear commentary, we’d turn on our television.

crown princess e419 oceanview

Oceanview stateroom.

Those with a balcony stateroom have their own private viewing deck. Regardless, even if this is the case for you, I recommend you go outside your stateroom for a bit. It’s a different experience, especially the Lido Deck where you’re engulfed by towering peaks and have views that take your breath away in a panoramic setting.

Alaska glacier viewing

It’s been drizzling the last couple of days and Alaska simply looks stunning. The clouds hovering the mountains give the area a mysterious feel. Having visited Glacier Bay when it was sunnier out, I suppose you can never really be disappointed in the scenery, rain or shine, but I almost prefer how the area looks when there are grey skies.

Hubbard Glacier

Hubbard Glacier’s face spans 6 miles. This photo was taken on the public deck outside the Adagio Bar, located aft.

Margerie Glacier

Margerie Glacier at Glacier Bay National Park. Only 2 ships per day are permitted to enter the perserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tonight, Ian and I are off to the Crown Grill. We’ve yet to experience this specialty dining venue. I’ll be sure to include a review on that. Tomorrow we’re in Skagway.

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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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