We began a week-long Alaskan cruise by boarding Holland America’s “M.S. Oosterdam” in Seattle. We were soon at sea on our way to Alaska, and after an enjoyable night of food and entertainment, arrived the following morning at Glacier Bay!
As we entered the bay, Rangers came alongside and boarded our ship to provide information about the Park. They pointed-out humpback whales, sea-otters, and sea-lions as we sailed-along, and described the geology of the beautiful mountains and coves around us. The deeper into the bay we travelled the more raw the landscape became; new ground uncovered by receding glacial ice.
We marveled at the size and majesty of glaciers. The ship stopped alongside Margerie Glacier, a massive tidewater glacier that often “calves” enormous chunks of ice into the sea. We were lucky to have a warm and clear day to encourage ice-melt and provide spectacular views!
This is a truly remarkable place that everyone should see with their own eyes. A cruse-ship’s comfort and high vantage-point provide an exceptional way to do so.