Our cruise continues in Alaska from Skagway yesterday, check out our awesome Glacier Bay National Park photos that we took while on board the MS Oosterdam cruising through Glacier Bay National Park Preserve.
Cruise Day 6 – Glacier Bay
Day 89 – May 30th.
After sailing 171 nautical miles at an average speed of 11.8 knots, we enter the Glacier Bay National Park Preserve at 6.37am.
I woke early this morning to see the famous Glacier Bay as I didn’t want to miss a single thing as we cruised in the Glacier Bay National Park.
At 7am near to Cape Spencer Island the Oosterdam took onboard a group of national park rangers from the Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve Alaska and also naturalists that spent the day explaining details of the area.
A large area is protected by the national parks and we proceed slowly up the bay towards Margerie Glacier.
The Captain has allowed for the bow of the ship to be open and used as a viewing area. It’s raining so we wrap up warm and head to the bow for our very first time. It is very cold and wet, also many people and we don’t stay long, rather we go up to deck seven and head out the front.
Here we have a little shelter and a great view, after an hour or so we arrive at the Margerie Glacier on the left and Reid Glacier on the right.
The Margerie Glacier is huge and some parts of it very dirty looking. This is because over the thousands of years as it formed, the ice has broken rock and sediment away and collected it as it has frozen. Check out some awesome Glacier Bay National Park photos here.
We stay here for about one hour and the captain turns the ship slowly to allow everyone the possibility to get a good view of this amazing natural ice front.
Suddenly there is a cracking sound and creaking sound as the ice moves. The ice is constantly on the move, and big chunks are regularly falling off which is called “calving”.
Next there is a loud cheer as a piece of ice cracks away and hits the water with a loud thunder. I manage to capture it on video.
This happens a few more times and which is great for us to hear and see.
Next we move away from this Glacier and head to another Glacier. Feeling hungry and it being midday we decide to have lunch.
After lunch we head back out, but with the weather not playing nice we don’t stay as long here but still it’s a nice experience especially being alone at the bow.
It is cold and wet and after a few fun photos we are happy to get back inside and warm up.
At 4.05pm the park rangers and naturalists disembark the ship via a rope ladder off the side and onto their research vessel as it manoeuvred itself alongside known as a controlled collision.
After the rangers successfully transferred all their belongings and waved goodbye the Oosterdam exited the National Park at 6.15pm and set a course for Seward.
An organised meeting for all Australians on board was arranged by the crew, and Moni & I took a look in our outdoor clothes, not expecting to be allowed in as it was formal dress code for this evening however only a few Aussies were there at first and they also had no formal attire on so we joined them and consumed some XXXX golds with nibbles.
By the end, there was about 30 Australians in the Piano Bar all chatting away.
Up to the room to change for dinner then back down to enjoy our formal evening and our last at this dining table.
The dinner was once again very enjoyable and we exchanged contact details with the folks. After dinner we went back to the room and found an animal hanging around.
Glacier Bay certainly lived up to its reputation. It was a fantastic feeling being there, and so close to the receding glacier. An amazing piece of the globe and one that you should move up you bucket list of things to do.