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“So Beautiful!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Northern Passages and Glacier Bay

Northern Passages and Glacier Bay
Not Applicable, Juneau, AK
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Ranked #27 of 58 Outdoor Activities in Juneau
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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“So Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We toured the Hubbard Glacier area the day before . . . Thought nothing could rival it. How wrong we were. The entire day, from breakfast on, was spent in Glacier Bay. We were on board the Island Princess. The Princess ships include many programs given by naturalists and Park Rangers, but the ones given while viewing the Hubbard Glacier(ship's naturalist) and Glacier Bay (Ranger) were informative, even fascinating. If you are taking a cruise, pay the little extra for a balcony room. It's worth every penny! We tuned our TV to one of the ship's own channels, kept the balcony door open, turned the volume up and were thoroughly entertained by viewing the areas AND hearing the facts about what we were viewing. You would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful spot on earth. We felt we were witnessing history and science happening at every new sight! The largest glacier called a few times while we were watching . . . What a treat. Saw quite a few seals and a few bald eagles. A bear was spotted just as we entered the bay. This is one place not to be missed on any trip to Alaska.

Visited August 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We visited Glacier Bay as a part of our cruise of the Inside passage on the Holland America ship Zuiderdam. Although prior to going, we anticipated that a day just cruising would be a day wasted, when we could have been going ashore and seeing Alaska. How wrong we were, at first it was exactly that but as we came closer and closer to the glacier and icefields that all changed. The sea became one giant sea of slush with all types of wildlife including whales and bald eagles. When we reached the glaciar and stood off this, we were able to see this "calving" which was done with the thunderous noise of the ice cracking and falling into the sea. The colours of the glacier, ice blue where cracks had just occurred and seams of dust and debris which had fallen on fresh snowfalls over the hundreds of years was a sight that we will never forget.

Visited June 2013
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