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9 June, Day 18 - Glacier Bay

Majestic cruise up Glacier Bay

GLACIER BAY

We woke very early to a fine day. Colleen and I were out on the deck at 6.30 am as the Volendam sailed up Glacier Bay. It was rather cold so we were rugged up and enjoyed the early morning on deck chairs and blankets.

We had breathtaking views as we sailed along this quite narrow channel for the next 6 hours. We travelled past Reid Glacier on th portside.
Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Russell Island came into view in front of the ship. We sailed to the left and saw the Lampugh Glacier.
Lamplugh Glacier,  Glacier Bay

Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay

We spent quite a lot of time at Margerie Glacier. This glacier is on the left at the of Tarr Inlet. At the head of this inlet is the Grand Pacific Glacier which was the original glacier that carved out Glacier Bay. in 1794 it was right down to the entrance of Glacier Bay. It originates in Canada and is still 41 miles long.

The Margerie Glacier enters Glacier Bay right beside the Grand Pacific Glacier. The Volendam stopped beside this glacier for more than half an hour.
This glacier moves four inches an hour so we saw the glacier calve when we were there. Calving is the process whereby chunks of ice break free and fall into the water. A surprise tours was the amount of noise the glacier emits as it moves.
Joan and Marie at  Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Joan and Marie at Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Seals on iceberg

Seals on iceberg

Mum seal and her baby

Mum seal and her baby

View from Deck  9 0n MS Volendam  Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

View from Deck 9 0n MS Volendam Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

View from Deck  9 0n MS Volendam  Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

View from Deck 9 0n MS Volendam Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

We sailed back out of Glacier Bay and then east before heading south. At this point we were still about mile marker 975.

Posted by Kangatraveller 12:45

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