Majestic cruise up 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.
Russell Island came into view in front of the ship. We sailed to the left and saw the Lampugh Glacier.
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.
We sailed back out of Glacier Bay and then east before heading south. At this point we were still about mile marker 975.