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Blue Skies and Calm Seas for Glacier Bay, Alaska

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With blues skies and calm waters, today’s scenic cruising of Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, on the Coral Princess was spectacular. A park ranger joined us onboard and, in her hypnotically soothing voice, she narrated the highlights of this constantly changing landscape through the PA system.That’s the Margerie Glacier pictured above, and we got to see it and hear it calving (i.e. pieces of it breaking off into the sea and forming icebergs). It was pretty amazing to hear the creaking and cracking and then to watch a chunk fall into the sea, where it would quickly be surrounded by birds who want to get some of nutrients that the ice releases — the ice picks up plenty of soil along the way, as you can see that these glaciers are not all white and blue.

We spotted seals, brown bears, whales, but the real attraction in Glacier Bay is — not surprisingly — the glaciers. In addition, to Margerie, we also saw Lamplugh Glacier and John Hopkins Glacier, which is the only glacier we saw that’s advancing and not retreating.

I took the photos below from the balcony of my mini-suite (having a balcony is awesome!), and then the rest are from The Sanctuary, which is sort of a VIP area at top two decks at the bow the ship. You can buy a day pass for $20, and relax in this peaceful adults-only section that serves spa-inspired cuisine. My favorite part, aside from amazing views because you can easily see from both sides of the ship, was that they bring wool blankets to your lounge chair.

Comped but never compromised: I’m on an Alaska Twitter Press Trip with Princess Cruises, but I’m free to write whatever I want.

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One Response to Blue Skies and Calm Seas for Glacier Bay, Alaska

  1. Arlene June 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    So the glaciers are really blue? How bad is the breaking off? I worry about that. These shots are post card perfect. Looks like you are having quite a trip.

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