Diva Goes Ashore in ALASKA
Sights to see & things to do
approximately 5,000 glaciers in Alaska it may seem peculiar that such
a fuss is made about Glacier Bay. Part
of Glacier Bay’s allure is the abundant wildlife, including seals,
bears, Dall sheep, and—if you’re quick—even humpback whales.
Another source of its mystique is its inaccessibility.
Until 1870 it was frozen behind a wall of ice a mile high.
Today 3.3 million acres, including Glacier Bay, is designated
as a national park and limited “passes” are issued to the many
cruise ships plying Alaska’s coastal waters.
If your cruise to Alaska won’t be complete without seeing
Glacier Bay, choose your ship and itinerary with care.
ship entering the bay takes on a park ranger who provides commentary
throughout the day about the history of the bay and its glaciers, as
well as the wildlife. The
highlight of any day spent viewing one of Alaska’s glaciers is
calving. The first warning is
an eerie creaking sound, followed by a roar as massive chunks of
ancient ice break away from the glacier’s face and crash into the
warmly and find a place at the ship’s rail early to view the day’s
spectacular show. Don’t
forget your camera and binoculars. Your
ship will creep slowly through iceberg-strewn waters toward the
glacier before stopping—often for several hours.
Prepare to be stunned when you first glimpse the
color—glacial ice is an incredible and indescribable blue.
ships will lower a lifeboat to snare a small iceberg.
Brought on board, it’s often used as a centerpiece for the
evening’s late-night buffet, either left natural, carved into a
sculpture, or used to chill passengers’ cocktails.
Cruising-- Spring! It's
in the air and cruisers' fancies turn north. North to Alaska, with
thoughts of majestic scenery, frontiers to explore, and what to
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