Thursday was the amazing Glacier Bay National Park. We entered early, stopping at Gustavus around 6AM to pickup 5 park rangers. Then it was a couple of hours cruising the scenic passages towards Marjerie Glacier. We continued to have wet weather, but thankfully the wind seemed to die down the closer we got to the glacier. It was cool and drizzly wet and foggy.
Although I had been on an Alaska Inside Passage cruise before, this was my first time to Glacier Bay. The glaciers are amazing. And while on deck, you hear so many stories and comments about people and their past cruises here and how much the glaciers have decreased in just a few years. Here are some shots I took at Marjerie Glacier:
If you have a cabin with a balcony, and prefer to sit and enjoy from your own balcony instead of going to the upper decks, not to worry. The Captain will position the ship with the port side viewing of the glacier and stay for 30 minutes, he will then rotate the ship so the starboard side has the same view for the same 30 minutes. So equal viewing for each side, so no need to leave your balcony if you don’t want to!
After the hour viewing, it was time to move on.
Our next glacier viewing would be the smaller Lamplugh Glacier. It took a little over an hour I believe to get there. And here are some shots I took there, and I will note, while looking at Lamplugh, if you look just to the right, then up on the top of the hill, you will see a small glacier, which makes the waterfall to the ocean (see last 2 images):
And here are a couple of additional photos that I took of the area surrounding Lamplugh:
You will enjoy the same viewing of Lamplugh as with Marjerie, 30 minutes one side of the ship then 30 minutes on the other side. Then it was time to move on as we were due in Ketchikan the next morning. Once the ship begins to leave Lamplugh, there will be ranger talks in the Theatre in the afternoon.
The remainder of the day for me was spent dining and visiting with friends, attending the show and cocktails. Cheers to Ketchikan tomorrow!