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Hubbard Glacier

Yakutat Bay , Alaska, AK
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Ranked #5 of 523 Attractions in Alaska
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
Description: First mapped in 1895, Hubbard is considered the largest tidewater glacier in North America.
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Lansing, Michigan
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Oh. My. Gosh. Our cruise arrived at the glacier amidst a steady rain, and it was worth the discomfort. Enormous. Magnificent. LOUD (the ice cracks like thunder). We saw several incidents of calving, too. One of my life's travel highlights. Not posting photos; they don't do it justice.

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vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Wow is right. We arrived at the glacier early afternoon and you could of heard a pin dropped. Actually it was large pieces of ice that dropped off and it was like a freight train passing through. A thunderous roar and an amazing sight for sure. The different colours in parts of the glacier were spectacular. If you have the... More

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Colleyville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

On our cruise, we saw glaciers in Denali, then Mendenhall and Sawyer. Hubbard Glacier is the biggest and baddest of them all. Be sure to book a cruise ship that has one day at sea that visits Hubbard. Our ship got very close and then did 2 360 degree turns to allow all sides of the ship to view. Calving... More

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Simi Valley, California
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6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

we cruised on NCL and had a great time. we reached the glacier around 4pm in the afternoon. we were so close. you could hear the ice breaking and falling into the sea. be prepared. air temperature was around 52 degrees and windy. coming from so.cal. that is very cold!!! great trip!!!

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fullerton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My second time here first was sunny and bright colors were amazing Second time rain and wind, not as beautiful but the calving and sounds were spectacular much more activity from glacier Glad we were on an upper end cruise line to see they were able to get close and because of the small ship viewing was not crowded...

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Gainesville, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We were on the Amsterdam, a cruise ship of the Holland America line, and sailed to within 1/4 mile of the glacier. It was the highlight of the entire trip. The glacier is about 360 feet high and 6 miles long. Huge chucks of ice fall into the water followed in a few seconds with a loud thunder like sound... More

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roswell, ga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

OUr ship got crazy close, i was told 1/2 mile from the calving- somehow- and boy it is beautiful, surreal. An experience of a lifetime and a must on an alaskan cruise- i can't imagine how else one would see it shor t of by air.

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Westwood Los Angeles County, California
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Don't miss it, most of the people on our ship missed it, maybe 150 people out of 2,100 guests actually got out on deck on the bow to see it...the rest were missing in action, sleeping, eating, in the casino or buying art work. Its huge, its tall, its still advancing (while most glaciers are retreating), photos don't really do... More

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Walnut Cove, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Nice glacier,need a boat to get to it, lots of cruise ships go here saw some seals on the ice while here

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was fortunate enough to take Norwegian Sun back to back trip this July and able to experience Hubbard Glacier in cloudy/rainy morning and sunny afternoon in clear sky. Prior to booking my trip, I had watched two Hubbard Glaciers time-lapse videos on YouTube and my wish was to see it in rain and sun and I am really glad... More

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