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Spirit of Adventure
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Owner description: High-speed boat tour that takes passengers deep into Glacier Bay to view glacial calving, magnificent scenery and impressive wildlife.
Reviewed October 1, 2012

More by good luck than planning our Holland America cruise was diverted from Kodiak and Homer to Glacier Bay to stay ahead of a storm in September.

This was not "Bartlett Cove", it was a cruise through marvellous "Glacier Bay" which has no human population or towns and is only accessible by water.

This was my second trip, the first in 1998 and although there seemed to be fewer glaciers the scenery was still amazing. We had a glorious sunny day and the blue / white colours were outstanding. The weather can change in minutes from sun to rain then fog making it a photographers dream. Large chunks can break off the large ones as the ship sits silent in the narrow bays.

On our way in there was a pod of whales (30 or more) breaking the surface and on the way out small islands were covered with seals. More wild life than most paid tours enjoyed from land ports.

I can not say much more, please see the pictures as this is the only way to see parts of this wonderful area which words really can not describe.

If you get the chance to cruise this marvellous area I would make it a number one priority.

I would also recommend the Holland America cruise (does not do two weeks next year in Alaska) as everything is well planned, the food is above average, and staff is very friendly.

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Reviewed September 15, 2012

As part of our "Scenic" tour of Canada & Alaska, our ship visited Glacier Bay. We spent several hours listening to the cracking & roaring of the ice, watching it break away & fall with a noise like thunder, into the water. What a spectacle! We were just mesmerized, & stayed on our balcony of our ship, witnessing Nature at work.Bird life & sea creatures could also be seen, although blending in well to this icy landscape. - A fantastic experience!

2  Thank lucybeagleNewcastle
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We saw lots of whales and the captain alerted us when he saw animals. We cruised slowly so we got good photos. It was cold but sunny. We really enjoyed our cruise with Holland America. The food was very good. In the dining room you could order a bottle of wine and have the wine steward keep the unfinished bottle for another time. Portions were pleasingly small so that you could easily eat an appetizer, entree and desert. If you want larger quantities the buffet was available.

The staff is very helpful. At the buffet, if it looks like you are having trouble carrying your food to your table, a staff member carries it for you. Since my husband sometimes needs to use his walker, they were ready to help him down the gangway in Vancouver, BC.

3  Thank Paulab354
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Glacier Bay is ever changing and marvelous. We have visited three times and the Bay is different each time. The water is icy clear with chunks of ice floating upon the surface. Most cruise ships spend at least six hours drifting through the quiet Bay. This last time we saw at least six bears, sea lions, whales, and multiple glaciers calving. The Park Rangers are very knowledgeable and patiently point out interesting sights.

Alaskan Cruises are very nice, but this is the crowning glory of Alaska.

6  Thank SoCalFrancie
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Took a cruise on Princess Cruise Lines and had the experience of a lifetime. We sailed from Seattle Washington up the Inside Passage to Glacier Bay and back. The Glaciers calving were an awsome experience. To watch the ice fall into the water and make tha big splash like they do is a sublime experience. And I can't say enough about Princess. We were treated like royalty every step of the way. A naturalist was on the ship by the name of Michael Modzelewski.
He has written several books and the one I bought way titled "Inside Passage." Michael is our modern day John Muir. He lived on an island for 18 months pretty much solo and alone. His writting is visceral and real. I highly advise the Inside Passage; the trip as well as the book.

2  Thank Robert M
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