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Discovering Alaska Part V-Cruising Glacier Bay

Scenic Cruising off the Coast of Alaska

With an great day in Juneau, Alaska behind us, we next enjoyed two days of cruising Glacier Bay and College Fiord off the coast of Alaska. Before leaving home for the cruise, I placed an order for the Princess Cruises special “Ultimate Balcony Breakfast” to enjoy in our cabin during this day at sea. It was absolutely decadent and delicious. Breakfast, delivered to our cabin, included specialty pastries, fresh fruits, quiche, smoked salmon and other special treats served with a half bottle of French champagne, all for just $28.00 per couple.

Ultimate Balcony Breakfast

We took our time eating breakfast while looking out from our balcony at the glorious scene of a clear sunny sky, snow covered mountains and an ice dotted ocean. Glacier Bay covers an area 1,375 square miles of glaciers and accounts for 27% of the Glacier Bay National Park. It was a large single glacier of solid ice till early 18th century, when it started retreating and evolved over the centuries into the largest protected water area park in the world. Glacier Bay, on the Gulf of Alaska, was known as the Grand Pacific Glacier about 4,000 feet thick and about 20 miles in width which has since then, over more than 200 years, retreated by 65 miles to the head of the bay at Tarr Inlet, and in this process left 20 separate glaciers in its trail. It was first proclaimed a U.S. National Monument on February 25, 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. The Glacier Bay has many branches, inlets, lagoons, islands, and channels that are a wonder to behold, which is why the area is popular as a cruise ship destination during summer season.


View of Glacier from inside our cabin

After taking lots of photos and video from the balcony of our cabin, I decided to go up on deck for a better view and to listen to the National Park Rangers who were on board giving lectures on the history of the area and pointing out things of interest as we cruised along the Bay.


Later that day we dressed up for the second Formal Night of the cruise. We had a wonderful time talking to our table mates about everything we had seen that day including seals and whales. The food and conversation were delightful, our table was one of the last to leave the dining room because we were having so much fun. My husband and I spent the rest of the evening enjoying the onboard entertainment before retiring for the night.

Me and Reggie

The next day began with a bright and clear morning. We were now cruising College Fiord, where each glacier is named after an American college or university. After a filling breakfast in the Horizon Court buffet, I relaxed on our balcony for most of the afternoon and took more photos of the amazing scenary. I was shocked at how warm it was outside considering how close our ship came to the glaciers. All I needed to be comfortable was my Vancouver Olympics jacket and a pair of jeans. We had been truly blessed with wonderful weather.

Me on our cabin balcony
The Harvard Glacier from our balcony

The second night of cruising around the glaciers ended with Italian Night in the dining room. Everyone was very happy and relaxed after a second day at sea. The food was rich and delicious. Once again our table was the last to vacate the dining room. There was one more port to explore before the end of the cruise and we were not looking forward to leaving our new friends from the United Kingdom. Over the last few days we had learned a lot about each other and we took lots of photos and exchanged addresses and e-mails, promising to stay in touch. It had been a lovely past five days and we planned to enjoy every minute we had left of our Alaska cruise.


Next up: Our visit to Skagway, Alaska and the final day of our Alaska Cruise. To be continued.........

Gerrilyn Grant Gipson Esq.

Posted by Gerriv 07:09

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Gerri, your cruise descriptions and pictures are so wonderful that I have NO IDEA of which one I want to go on first!!! I have always wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise and to see those images of that glacier (and the breakfast) nearly blew my socks off! What a gorgeous, romantic way to start the day. Don't be surprised if you read about it in one of my future stories!!!

Keep up the fabulous work! I LOVE THIS BLOG!

by Kiyra Holt

Hi Kiyra! Thank you so much! I am so glad you like my Blog! I hope that my writing about my love for cruise travel gives you some ideas on where you want to go. The choices are endless true, but where ever you choose to go first,you won't be disappointed!

by Gerriv

Hi Gerri, what great photos of the glaciers. When we went to Alaska we had an oceanview because being a rookie, I didn't think the Balcony was worth $600, but now I would not cruise without one. I'm even thinking a suite would be in order for cruises longer than 7 nts. I'll definitely be cruising to Alaska again with a balcony this time.

by Denise Mello

Thanks so much Denise! I cannot sail without a balcony, it's just so wonderful to step outside your cabin and feel the sea air and see the scenary in my bathrobe! My family and I always book the Princess Cruises Mini-suites when we do longer cruises, they are so comfortable and a real value price wise!

by Gerriv

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