Silver Travel Explorers Club: Glacier Bay, Alaska with Holland America Line
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Our new Explorers Club spotlights a port of call from favourite cruising areas each month. The world was first explored by water and in many cases, it remains the best way to discover it, from the Mediterranean to Mexico, from Alaska to Australia, from Scandinavia to South America.
This month, we focus on Glacier Bay, Alaska, a stand-out port of call for Holland America Line.
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Why go to Glacier Bay?
The spectacular scenery and wildlife of Glacier Bay National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – make sailing
into this 65-mile-long, glacier-bound bay a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Glacier Bay is best seen by ship – there are virtually no roads – and
sailing into the Bay creates such a powerful atmosphere on board that people are
often stunned into silence.
Jagged glaciers, giant ice flows and dramatic
ice cliffs make an awe-inspiring backdrop to a full day of slow cruising.
Nothing prepares you for the stark beauty of this inhospitable corner of the
Aboard ship, you’ll have
a front view of the spires, pinnacles and pillars of ice, surrounded by an
immense quiet, broken only by the muffled thunder of icebergs being born. In
between, National Park Service
Rangers and onboard naturalists will provide a commentary on the
bay’s glaciology, marine ecology and wildlife, which abounds here. You never know when you might see
the fluke of a humpback rise out of the water or spot a lone bear wandering a
What is good to do there?
The best thing to do is
simply to watch as the Bay’s scenic tableaux unfolds before your eyes.
Holland America Line
ships feature lounges with picture windows and wrap-around teak decks with
ample viewing space for all guests. Keep your binoculars and camera on hand as
you cruise through the Bay to the mile-wide Margerie Glacier, where you may
witness ice ‘calving’, cracking off into the sea in an explosion of foam to
form ‘bergy bits’, sometimes on a massive scale.
puffins, bald eagles and many other birds gather here to raise their young;
mountain goats inhabit the high rocky slopes and black wolves shadow moose
through the brush. Nearer the waterline, giant sea otters, harbour seals and
sea lions are regularly seen relaxing on icebergs.
Little known facts about Glacier Bay
Holland America Line has more permits to sail in Glacier Bay than any other cruise lines.
Glacier Bay National Park covers over 3 million acres and is the world’s largest protected marine sanctuary.
The Park is named after its seven tidewater and over 1,000
The glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park are retreating
faster than anywhere in the world.
Ice that breaks off or ‘calves’ from the tidewater glaciers
in Glacier Bay is about 200 years old.
Glacial ice acts like a prism to light. The further the
light travels into the ice, the more blue the ice will seem.
In 1925 the whole area was set aside as a National Monument
and in 1980, Glacier Bay was made into a National Park and Preserve.
How to get there
Holland America Line is the absolute expert in Alaska, and the company will
celebrate 75 years of Alaska touring in 2022. 7-night Alaska Inside Passage
cruises aboard your choice of six mid-sized ships operate from May until
September, featuring fascinating Alaskan ports, breathtaking views and thrilling
wildlife sightings. Most voyages cruise roundtrip from Vancouver or Seattle and
include a full day’s sailing in Glacier Bay National Park, when attentive staff will offer hot pea
soup and cocoa as well as tartan rugs to keep you warm as the extraordinary scenery
What's included in your fare
Cruise fares start at £999pp for a 7-night Alaskan Inside Passage cruise on 7 May 2022, sailing from and back to Vancouver aboard Holland America Line’s elegant 2,650-passenger ship, Koningsdam. Fares include full board, accommodation in a twin stateroom, all drinks, one complimentary excursion and free WiFi. Prices for flights from the UK and hotel stays are available on request.
Holland America Line, you can also extend your cruise with a fascinating land
tour which features up to 3 nights at Alaska’s spectacular Denali National Park
for the ultimate wildlife viewing opportunities, with an escorted Tundra
Wilderness tour included. Many tour operators will also combine a week-long
Holland America Line Alaska cruise with a thrilling Rocky Mountaineer rail trip
through scenic British Columbia and the spectacular Canadian Rockies.
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