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Jul 29, 2013 - Sea Day, Southbound between Seward AK & Glacier Bay

Today, we are having a very lazy day relaxing and taking it easy. We have not seen another ship since Glacier Bay, 3 days ago. I thought maybe another cruise ship would be in Seward yesterday, but it was only us. Nice, as it was not crowded in port. I did see a cargo ship way off on the horizon a little while ago, but other than that, just us. I'm including a picture of the elevator carpet showing the day of the week. Believe me, after a few days, you forget what day it is, so this is very handy. Kasey decided to try the HAL Kids Club...

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Jul 26, 2013 - Glacier Bay AK, Northbound

Today we saw Glacier Bay. There are no port stops here. Just a nice cruising day with National Park Rangers on-board giving talks and narrating as we go along. We picked up the pilot about 7:30 am this morning, and just now at 6:30 pm, dropped him/her off. We've seen several humpback whales from a distance, but nothing very close. I saw a couple of puffins awhile ago, but they are so small looking when in the big ocean! I like seeing them, they are really cute. Dad and Kasey spent most of the day together, so that Mom and I could spend...

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Jul 16, 2013 - Glacier Bay

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...

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Jul 15, 2013 - Glacier Bay, Alaska

Today we are still at sea, cruising through the waters of Glacier Bay. The ship picked up some park Rangers from Glacier Bay National Park (by boat, of course) who came aboard to relay information about the park, the tidewater glaciers and the wildlife. While in the park, we cruised by Johns Hopkins Glacier, the Lamplugh Glacier, the Grand Pacific Glacier and the Margerie Glacier among the numerous other glaciers. The ship cruised within 1,000 feet of Margerie. The ship held fast for about 30 minutes so the port side passengers could get a...

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Where RV Now?

Jun 6, 2013 - Glacier Bay

In the morning we sailed through Icy Strait and entered Bartlett Cove which begins Glacier Bay National Park. We sailed northwest up the Bay to the extreme northern end. There we sat still in the water just off the face of Margerie Glacier for more than an hour while the ship was slowly rotated in place so everyone could have a good view. This also gave us a clear view of Grand Pacific Glacier, one of the largest in Glacier Bay. It has a different appearance because it's face is "dirty" from all the debris picked up during a long trip over...

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Alaska Trip 2013

Jun 4, 2013 - Fancy Some ice with your drink?

Boarded the Zaandam about 6pm Sunday went to our cabin unpacked then up for tea. Had finished eating and was having a cup of tea when alarms were going off and a voice was informing all passengers to report to their life boats on deck 3. Many people ignored it, we didn't. There was a roll call and we were made to stand in the cold until everyone came down. The Captain said the ship will not sail and no one will move until all are here. We eventually got under way had a bit of a lumpy night and spent the next day getting lost on board....

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Jun 25, 2012 - Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Once again low overcast made it difficult to see much of Icy Strait or the entrance to Glacier Bay. Three National Park Service rangers from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve boarded Sapphire Princess at the entrance to the Bay and set up a satellite ranger station on the Calypso Deck. Ranger David did an excellent presentation in the Princess Theatre that he called “Lessons a Bear Taught Me.” Occasionally, we got glimpses of mountains, and we saw some sea lions on rocks along the shore. More and more icebergs appeared, some with...

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2012-Adventures

Sep 12, 2011 - Day 10 - Glacier Bay

“The very thought of this, my first Alaskan Glacier garden, is an exhilaration.” –John Muir Captain George Vancouver first set eyes on this small 5-mile inlet that would become known as Glacier Bay in 1794. He described it as a “sheet of ice as far as the eye could distinguish.” By 1879 when famed naturalist John Muir visited with a group of the native Tlingits that call this area home, the ice had retreated enough to expose one of the most majestic wilderness areas in the world. Glacier Bay encompasses over 3.3 million acres of forest,...

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Sep 11, 2011 - Day 9 - Yakutat Bay & Hubbard Glacier

Today was a day at sea as we made our way to the Yakutat Bay and towards Hubbard Glacier. Hubbard Glacier is one of Alaska's few advancing tidewater glaciers and spans over 76 miles to the sea. Our captain brought the ship in as close as possible to the glacier, and it was truly impressive. It was our first formal night onboard, so we all got gussied up a bit and had a fabulous dinner. The captain welcomed everyone on board with the famous champagne waterfall and introduced the senior officers. Several of us finished off the night in the...

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Jun 5, 2011 - Glacier Bay

After our rather cold day in Skagway we departed there at 9.00pm to head to Glacier Bay. The scenery cruising into Glacier Bay was absolutely beautiful and when our cruise ship reached the end of Glacier Bay we stopped in front of Margerie Glacier which looked amazing, this was helped by the weather, with beautiful blue skies and sunshine - first time we'd shed our jackets in a few days! Because of the sun we were fortunate to see some "calving" and were lucky enough to capture some pics. When the "calving" occurred and the ice hit the...

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Sep 2, 2010 - Glacier Bay

Day 22 Glacier Bay We spent most of the day sailing slowly around Glacier Bay.The ocean was a beautiful blue with huge snow capped mountains on either side - it was a very peaceful, serene wilderness experience . It was totally delightful when we saw 5 bears and a wolf on a narrow beach attracted by a decomposing whale carcass that we were too far away to smell! Through the binoculars we could see two cubs playing in the water together and the larger bears loping along. The wolf stayed back by the tree line just watching. On to cruise...

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Canada 2010

Aug 6, 2010 - Glacier Bay

Okay, we got our money’s worth! I think even Rick agrees. I feel like such an idiot because, leading up to today, I kept telling Dianna and Rick that Glacier Bay would be “boring”. All I could remember of our visit here around 18 years ago was the ship sitting quite a distance from a large glacier. We sat there for hours and hours waiting for the glacier to “calve” (this is when a large piece breaks off and falls into the water). I have about three hours of VHS tape that I took on that cruise, standing on deck holding the video camera (no...

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