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Amazing even in the Rain!!!!

Visited in July 2018 with my husband and sons aged 16 and 17. It rained off and on during our week... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cherylmal2
Spectacular scenery and wildlife

Traveled to Glacier Bay in May on the Eurodam (Holland American Cruise Line). Outstanding views... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited in July 2018 with my husband and sons aged 16 and 17. It rained off and on during our week in Alaska but that is to be expected! We toughed it out for this amazing adventure. Stayed 2 nights at the Glacier Bay Lodge on site. We flew in from Juneau with Alaska Seaplanes to Gustavus. Took a Ranger led walk through forested area and around paths near the Main Lodge. Moss covered trees were incredible. A female Moose was spotted that evening (not by us) with her calf in a pond near where our tour passed. We saw numerous birds near where the boat tour departed from. The Main Lodge was the hub with the only cell phone service. You could sit by the fire and order a drink from the only restaurant on the grounds. There was also a small gift shop that was very nice. We ate at the restaurant and the food was very good. We also took the Boat tour of Glacier Bay ( I also have a Review of that). Glacier Bay Lodge rooms are spread around the main lodge into smaller structures connected by wooden walkways (can get slippery). They were no frills type and basic. NO TV or Internet but exactly what was needed for a National Park. You are here to experience Nature and that you will. Rain or shine!!

Thank cherylmal2
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveled to Glacier Bay in May on the Eurodam (Holland American Cruise Line). Outstanding views from the front of the ship, and from our veranda. Got very close to glaciers, saw some amazing calving of the glaciers. Also saw mountain goats, and sea otters. The commentary for the Park Ranger who had come aboard the ship was very helpful in understanding what we were seeing. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went out to Alaska with two friends and we spent a couple days in Gustavus. The highlight of our time there was of course the Glacier Bay Boat Tour. It's a full day activity, leaving from Bartlett Cove in the morning and getting back around 3pm. It's absolutely worth it!

A couple tips:
- Have waterPROOF (not just water resistant) pants and jackets. My friend found out the hard way that her pants were water resistant. After standing out on the deck to view one of the glaciers in a bit of a glacial monsoon, in addition to being in awe of the glacier we were seeing, her legs were actually getting wet through her two layers of pants. Much less fun.
- Bring layers -- most of the time, you can chill inside the boat, which is a comfortable temperature and they have hot chocolate and coffee, and served a delicious soup... all nice ways to stay warm without wearing a billion layers. Then, when you head out to the deck to get a better look at things, you'll DEFINITELY want layers and hats and gloves.

The only thing that would have made this trip even better is if we had chosen to kayak for a couple days. About halfway through our boat ride, we picked up some backpacking kayakers and I was extremely jealous. So, note to self, next time I'm in Alaska, I'll be booking an overnight kayak adventure for sure. An even CLOSER look at Glacier Bay National Park! :)

We also did do some exploring on land. We took advantage of the short free ranger tour that leaves from Glacier Bay Lodge. It's cool to see the temperate rain forest right there and learn more about the vegetation and history of the area.

We stayed in Gustavus town, but had access to bicycles, so were able to bike into the park. It was pretty neat to ride along the long main entry road and really take in the forest before you get to the Lodge and the water. We did see a bear while on our bikes, so be prepared for that!

Thank mollyhh
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Instead of doing a round-trip cruise we elected to do a 1-way southbound so we could see Glacier National Park. I'm so glad we did. It was spectacular. You are limited in how much you can see from the large cruise ship, but it is definitely not to be missed if you doing an Alaskan cruise.

Thank KDAA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like many people who get to see this park and his glaciers, we saw this during our Alaska cruise. Our cruise ship arrived in the Glacier Bay after being boarded by Rangers. They limit how many cruise ships can enter the bay to preserve the wild area.
We passed glaciers that came up to the water, and could hear the sound of the glacier creaking and see the ice falling into the water, especially at the wonderful Margerie Glacier. The mountains were covered with snow and on our day the sky was bright blue.
You can see also many seals and many nice otters :)
We would definitely like to visit this place again and again and again!

Thank ornitorinco76
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We observed this amazing National Park & Preserve while aboard the Norwegian Pearl Cruise Line. Nearby Park Rangers boarded our ship for the duration of this daylong tour of the bay.

For nature lovers and photography buffs — this was an amazing day at sea. Fortunately the early fog lifted as we continued our very slow journey into the inlets that led to the glaciers reaching the sea. Recommend that you go topside of the ship or even better — set up your equipment on your private balcony.

Thank StevenD_FranklinTN
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Reviewed October 11, 2018

Cruising slowly through Glacier Bay National Park was glorious during the first half of the day while the sun was shining. Sailing near the coastline, hearing the national park ranger's commentary, spotting wildlife, watching nature unfold around every inlet, and sitting by the glacier face are all part of the wonderful experience. During lunch hour and afterwards our rain storm moved in and the scenery was less spectacular.

Also we had cruised the inside passage many years ago and Hubbard Glacier was on our itinerary. That glacier face is many times larger, bluer ice, calves much more, and is better photo opportunity than Glacier Bay. However, overall Glacier Bay National Park has much more mountain scenery with hanging glaciers on the mountains which is by itself awesome.

Thank TexasCatBird
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Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

An see inspiring place full of majesty and natural wonder. The sound of glacial calving is all over the Park. Bittersweet evidence of the destruction of the glacial ice.

Thank twicks240
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

Our visit to Glacier Bay was on a cruise ship. We coasted (very slowly) through the park. Park Rangers boarded our ship to talk about the park and answer questions. This full day trip was majestic to say the least. We spotted whales, sea lions, sea otters and icebergs along the way and back. The Glaciers were spectacular. Even though we had a balcony with wonderful views, I strongly advise you go to the top of the ship as it is the only place to get a 360 degree panoramic view. Also, our ship stopped for an hour in areas so we could take in the view and get the best pictures.

Thank Barbara Y
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

Regardless of your politics, visit Alaska to see concrete evidence of global warming. The glaciers have receded dramatically in my lifetime. They are a very dramatic site. I feel bad the my grand kids will never see what I have seen.

Thank David S
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