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Address: Yakutat Bay , Alaska, AK
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First mapped in 1895, Hubbard is considered the largest tidewater glacier...

First mapped in 1895, Hubbard is considered the largest tidewater glacier in North America.

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Undoubtedly the best glacier calving viewing in the world

You just about have to visit Hubbard when on a cruise ship. I have seen it quite a few times since I was a bush pilot on the coast of Alaska for many years. However, there is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
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Anchorage, Alaska

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

You just about have to visit Hubbard when on a cruise ship. I have seen it quite a few times since I was a bush pilot on the coast of Alaska for many years. However, there is nothing like looking at it from the water. Awe inspiring indeed. Sometimes due to a lot of ice in the bay the captains... More 

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Atlantic Beach, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

I have taken three Alaskan cruises over the years and been to Hubbard twice. The sight of the enormous flowing glacier and the sounds of the calving which is large chunks falling off exploding when the hit the warmer water is something no picture or movie can convey. Do yourself a favor and book a cruise that includes Hubbard and... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Luckily the weather was clear enough for our ship to navigate and circle around. The prior two ships avoided this stop due to fog. The colors in the ice are hard to describe and a picture certainly doesn't do it justice. The gamut runs from pure white to ocean or sky blue. A noise like cracking thunder emanates from the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Wow, what an experience. We did an Alaskan Cruise on board the Radiance of the seas and stopped at the Hubbard Glacier. This is an absolutely amazing sight. The ship pulled up very close and spun slowly on the spot several times. The sheer size of the glacier is overwhelming and we even saw the ice calve and fall into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Impressive beauty hard to describe but a must see. It was cold and windy the day we were there so pack a warm jacket, hat and gloves. Make sure you have your camera ready to go.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

It is a relatively easy hike to the closest observation point. The trail is well-maintained and you have choices of trails to the farthest point. Unfortunately the terminus was unstable when we were there and access was closed off, but we still thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful fall walk. Stop and read the information posted at the trailhead before venturing on... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We hit the jackpot on the day we visited. Blue skies. Warm temp. Lots of action at the glacier with numerous calving events and several very large ones. Biggest waves of our entire cruise were from the icebergs hitting the water. It was a once in a lifetime day!

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Incredible glacier! You must get there by boat or plane. We toured by boat. Calving was captured. Ice gorgeous colors and chunks of ice floating nearby. Incredible!

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Monmouth, Oregon, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This is my favorite of all the Glaciers we've seen. We saw 5-6 'calving' events in an hour or so of watching. The ice cracking and booming is EXTREMELY impressive, as well. The blue ice is beautiful, too

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Ukiah, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This was the most amazing part of my cruise. If you take a Alaska cruise take a north bound or south bound cruise so you can see this. The sight of seeing the ice falling off the glacieris amazing. The sound of the ice crack is a sound you will never forget. The amount of wildlife you see amazing.

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