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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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Round the World 08

Jun 8, 2008 - Glacier Bay National Park

Got up and out early this morning for a full day's trip on a nice big catamaran to go into Glacier Bay and up to the Margerie Glacier and the Johns Hopkins Glacier. It was an awesome day. The weather was perfect. There was blue skies, cool breezes (freezing wind actually!!) and plenty of hot chocolate. We had the good pleasure of heading out for the day with our new friends and were set with binoculars in one hand and cameras in the other! Cool things we saw today: 1. Humpback whales (yes more!) 2. Mountain goats on precarious ledges on the...

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May 29, 2008 - Glacier Bay

On this one, you want to bring a heavy jacket, gloves and either ear muffs or a stocking cap, because it is cold, but the scenery is worth every piece of clothing you have on. As we cruise into the bay, we start to see more and more ice flows or mini-icebergs. As we get deeper into the bay, they start to get larger. Then we start to see harbor seals with pups riding on the floes. They are real concerned about us although we are towering above them. For some good shots, we went out on the Promenade Deck (Deck 7) that is closer to the water,...

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May 19, 2008 - Cruising Glacier Bay

This was soooo amazing! We were cruising in Glacier Bay National Park all day. We entered the park about 9 a.m. Park Rangers boarded at one point and were on board most of the day. The site of these amazing glaciers is beyond description. It was kind of cold up on deck, but no one cared. This is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth!

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Aug 5, 2007 - Day 7 (Glacier Bay)

We sailed through the night and arrived at Glacier Bay as the daylight woke us from a deep sleep. We often leave the drapes open in our cabin, so that we won't miss anything and actually expect the daylight streaming in the window to wake us up. We had our showers and then went to the dining room for breakfast. Rick & Sherry joined us and the day promised to be a good one. After breakfast we put on jackets and spent quite a bit of time on our balconies, watching the scenery drift by. We were sailing close to shore and the scenery was simply...

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Sep 10, 2005 - bobbing for glaciers

We were awakened at the ungodly hour of 6:30am by the dulcet tones of our cruise director and the music of James Taylor. He wanted to insure that we arose in time to take an hour walk at Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park. This area is a lush rain forest and we were surprised to learn that it was covered with ice only two hundred years ago. We were also surprised when our naturalist told us that this forest is in crisis, not because of man made pollution, but because too many plants grew too big too fast and the soil was only inches...

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