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Sunset aboard the Zaandam

Views in Glacier Bay

Quiet wilderness

Vast beauty

Snow capped mountains

Overcast & foggy

Breathtaking views

More fog

Raw beauty

Bow of Zaandam-whale watching

View from our balcony

More balcony views

Tommy on bow of Zaandam

Sea lions spotted

Postcard view

Monday, July 15, 2013 - Weather was overcast, moderate breeze - 57 degrees. Monday was a day of rest for us. After a week of land touring, being up at 6 a.m. or earlier, catching a train or bus with luggage in tow, we welcomed a day at sea, roaming the ship, getting familiar with what would be our "home" for the next week and just chilling out, enjoying the views from our balcony.

This was our first cruise with the Holland America Cruise Line, so we were excited to learn about the cruise line and the ship, Zaandam, and how it differed from other cruises we've taken over the years. This week we'll be visiting ports in Haines, Juneau and Ketchikan; the last two ports are part of the Inside Passage which we've visited in the past, but we've never visited Haines.

The entertainment Monday night was excellent. After dinner we walked down to the Mondriaan Lounge and attended the 8 p.m. Northern Lights production showcasing singers and dancers celebrating the beauty and grandeur of Alaska. Great music and talented singers and dancers. After the show we decided to try our luck in the casino before turning in for the night. Lady Luck wasn't aboard the Zaandam that evening, at least not for us!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - Weather was sunny with a moderate breeze, 55 degrees. Today was spent cruising scenic Glacier Bay. There were fabulous views of the bay from both sides of the ship.

Glacier Bay covers 1,375 square miles of glaciers and accounts for 27% of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Glacier Bay has many branches, inlets, lagoons, islands and channels for viewing wildlife and exploration.

The area is popular as a cruise ship destination during the summer season, however the National Park Service limits the number of vessels that can enter the bay on any given day to 2 cruise ships, 3 tour boats, 6 charter boats and 25 private vessels.

We kept watching along the edge of the bay, hoping to see moose or bear but no such luck, only saw some seals. I continue to be amazed at the quiet beauty of Alaska and the vastness of it.

Tommy and I made use of the outdoor walking area on the Lower Promenade - Deck 3 today in an attempt to burn some of the calories we're consuming from all the delicious foods and desserts on board. We're especially enjoying the desserts as we don't have them at home regularly, but definitely won't pass them up on the cruise.

After dinner, we stopped in the Piano Bar for a quick drink and to listen to the music before retiring for the evening. Till tomorrow ...Cheers!

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