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Aug 2, 2010 - Glacier Bay, July 23

Friday, July 23rd - (Steven's birthday) Glacier Bay After leaving Skagway around 3:30 p.m. the ship traveled through the night to Glacier Bay. In the morning we saw many chunks of ice floating in the water. We learned later that these are called "Berg Bits." And then we saw Margery Glacier. It is huge and very beautiful. We spent several hours there while the captain slowly turned the ship so that people on both sides could see. I was surprised that we were able to get so close. Everyone was very excited when pieces of the glacier would...

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Jun 10, 2010 - Glacier Bay

Well we were up at 6am, looking for whales. Regretfully we never seen any, but we did get to see the beautiful landscape. Then I noticed how the water changed. I found out later its from the new and old glacier water, different temps. You can actually see the defining line in the water, which you 'll see in the pics. We then started to get into the glaciers. It definitely was cooler in there, but what a sight. We actually got to hear the glaciers calving and then falling into the water making a Hugh loud sound, like the water was exploding....

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The Traveling Duo

Jun 7, 2010 - Day 17 - Glacier Bay

Here we are at Glacier Bay again, but we were in for a surprise! As we cruised toward the glaciers, we were once again treated with the antics of whales and dolphins, and the scenery was as beautiful as ever. But as we listened to Kathy telling us about our surroundings, we were surprised that we would also be seeing the Grand Pacific Glacier, one we weren’t aware of on our cruise here just a week ago. I don’t know if they didn’t tell us about it, or maybe we were just enthralled with the Margerie, and missed that part, but the Grand...

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Freebirds

May 27, 2010 - Day 6 - Glacier Bay

Early in the morning of our 6th day at sea, we entered Glacier Bay and because it is a national park, a few national park rangers came aboard to narrate our 6 hour cruise up the bay. Glacier Bay is only 250 years old, created in the “Little Ice Age” of the late 1700's, and carved out by the Grand Pacific Glacier. As the glacier retreated north, it filled in with saltwater which then created a fjord. A vast majority of the bay is over 1,000 feet deep! As we cruised up the “Narrows”, the waterfowl were abundant…lots of sea gulls who followed...

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Freebirds

May 27, 2010 - Cruise Glacier Bay

Thursday was another gorgeous day. Sunny and warm. We were really lucking out with the weather. Glacier Bay was absolutely stunning. The Park Rangers came onboard very early and narrated throughout the day what exactly we were seeing. We could stand on our balcony and listen to the narration through our t.v. We did go to Deck 7 for more views and up to the Spinnaker Lounge on Deck 13 - we didn't stay on our balcony the whole day. Going into Glacier Bay, the Rangers pointed out the carcass of a dead whale on a beach. It's believed to have...

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Sep 3, 2009 - Alaska Cruise Day 3

Day 3 Glacier Bay Shortly after entering the Glacier Bay inlet, several national park rangers came aboard ship. One of them took over the role of naturalist on the ship’s sound system. Another set up a display, and a third gave a Power Point presentation in the eight-hundred seat Princess Theatre. During that presentation we were told how the bay rapidly filled with ice, according to Native American traditions. Tlingit elders told of an ancestral homeland covered by advancing ice. It is believed that water reached the point of critical mass...

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Jul 13, 2009 - Two Cool Guys

After spending a perfect day on the deck watching glaciers roll by, my Dad can't resist the charms of Gaeleen and Leonia, two Aussie sisters we met last night, and so we meet them for the formal dinner tonight. After dinner, the sisters insist on a nightcap in the piano bar, where we fail miserably at Frank Sinatra Name That Tune. I wish Deb was here because she would know every song. (I can't help thinking about how much I miss home.) We finish our nightcap and I think we're ready to go back to our room, when the sisters suggest we all go...

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North to Alaska

Jul 4, 2009 - Happy 4th of July

I feel like a broken record because today offered some more breath taking scenery and beautiful weather. We were in glacier bay national park where we were within a 1/4 mile from a 250 foot glacier. We saw calving (where the ice falls off the glacier into the water). There was not a bad seat on the boat. We had amazing scenery 360 degrees around us! Guess what the temperature was...nope...it was 80 degrees. That's right 80 degrees in Alaska. Thanks mother nature! Let me tell you it was rough. We sat in lounge chairs drinking beer and...

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Alaskan Cruise

Jul 2, 2009 - Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Where did the time go? One week ago, our son Devon arrived in Juneau for a 10 day trip to explore with us from Juneau and Glacier Bay to Sitka, Alaska. We quickly departed Juneau after a brief sightseeing ride around town and headed the next morning towards Glacier Bay. We listened to the mandatory park ranger presentation and spent a couple of nights at anchor within Glacier Bay. The Marguerite and Lumplugh glaciers were a treat and we had sun overhead. Sun is not a given in SE Alaska. For about every 5 days of rain/cold/gloom or any...

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Tales of Blue Aweigh

Jun 3, 2009 - Glacier Bay

We have been so lucky the weather has been wonderful!  Sunny and 70 degrees…Today we are entering the tempered climate of the inland passage of Glacier Bay National Park.  Its 6 AM the fog is thick however within an hour it had lifted and the views are beautiful.While traveling through the bay the waters are a clear cobalt blueI am very proud of Dean, we have been on ship for two days now and he hasn’t gone ballistic from lack of activities.    Thank goodness for the fitness center with all the latest equipment.   Its 3 PM and we traveled...

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Jun 3, 2009 - Glacier Bay

We have entered the open seas heading for Glacier Bay. The sea swells have the boat rocking ever so gently enough to either rock you to sleep or keep you unsteady on your feet. We are enjoying sitting on deck watching people trying to walk a straight line. We even had one couple tell us that they decided to get drunk because no one would know the difference in the way the walking. Dean is enjoying watching people who are sea sick jumping in the pool in hopes of relieving their symptoms. He is not sure its working and he is NOT going in the...

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Sep 20, 2008 - North to Alaska

Continuing north on the Diamond Princess from Vancouver for 7 nights on this floating resort. Sea was dead calm all but one day (and then just a moderate sea which did make walking interesting) as were sheltered among the islands and headlands of the Inland Passage to Alaska. Of the 6 full days onboard we had 3 onshore breaks - all in Alaska. The first was at Ketchikan, where we did a bus trip thru town, looking at all the old buildings built over the water, visited a totem pole park and a place nearby where the master carvers were at work....

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