Glacier Bay

Perhaps nowhere else in the Great Land can a visitor perceive the immense scale and grandeur of Alaska better than on a cruise of Glacier Bay National Park and Reserve. Recognized as a national monument in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge, the bay and its towering tidewater glaciers, backed by ranges of snow-capped peaks and dotted with floating icebergs, is simply awe-inspiring. Your visit will be enhanced by interpretations of a National Park ranger, as your ship slowly transits the ice-filled waters, cruising along the faces of miles-wide, glowing blue-white glaciers, which periodically shed great sections of their facades into the milky waters with thunderous roars. Humpback whales, which cross the Pacific from Hawaii to summer here, are frequently seen breaching or feeding on the bay’s food resources. The park’s 3.3 million acres were included in a transborder UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1986 and inscribed as part of a 25 million-acre World Heritage Site in 1992. No place on earth has more active calving tidewater glaciers. The UNESCO designation also cites the Native American heritage and the abundance of wildlife as possessing universal significance to all mankind. Dress warmly (you’ll be glad you brought a hat and gloves), and go out on deck to fully appreciate the grandeur, scale and sheer beauty of Glacier Bay. Look around, and imagine that a mere 250 years ago, a single vast glacier completely filled this entire bay!