Cruise Day 6: Glacier Bay National Park

Trip Start May 09, 2008
Trip End May 19, 2008

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Diamond Princess

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Today I got up and went to another morning yoga class. I didn't have the same instructor as the last time but this guy was equally as hot and also from Australia...I have to put Australia on my travel list!

We were treated to scenes of beautiful glaciers as we were doing yoga. The ship was starting to head into Glacier Bay National Park. After my class I met my family outside on the deck.
We were just pulling up to the John Muir Glacier. Unfortunately this is a glacier that is receding, what you see is the hollow in the valley that was carved out by glacial ice. We saw a beautiful rainbow appear for a few seconds as the cruise ship was making a turn around the bay. Some of the crew members were coming around and taking your picture infront of the glacier that you could purchase later. My parent's had their picture taken together.

Next we came to the awesome Margerie Glacier. It was huge and very blue looking. Our ship stayed here the longest. We got lots of pictures of this glacier and were fortunate enough to see it calve twice while we were there.
When a glacier calves it makes alot of noise and when the ice finally cracks the sounds is like thunder and it plunges into the water and makes a huge splash. Right near Margerie Glacier is the very odd and dirty looking Grand Pacific Glacier. It looks like it is covered in dirt and looks nothing like Margerie at all. The rangers said it looks that way from rocky debris embedded in the glacial ice.

While everyone was outside taking pictures the ship's Naturalist was over the intercom talking about the area and pointing out wildlife. We did see some orca and various birds flying around. Several of the park's rangers were onboard talking about the glaciers and answering questions.
We got hungry and went and got pizza and fries from the pizzeria onboard the ship. We got a seat by the window and sat and ate and watched the glaciers for awhile.

After eating we went back to the room and put the naturalist on the tv channel and sat outside on our balcony and enjoyed the sights and looked for wildlife. I took a nap for awhile and then we went back outside to take some more pictures before the ship left Glacier Bay National Park.

When our ship left the inlet and rejoined the Pacific Ocean the seas got very rough. My mom and I were heading to the buffet to get salads and as we were walking in the hall we must have hit really rough patches because we were getting bounced around the hall.

When we got to the buffet they had saltines set out. We both made salads and sat down in the dining room to eat when I started to feel really dizzy. We took our food back to the room. But by the time I got back to the state room I was feeling even worse. I've been nauseous before but I've never had my sense of smell increase. I could smell the dressing on my salad from all the way across the room and it made me want to vomit! I never did vomit but I felt like hell all night.

My parents went for a walk around the ship while I stayed in the cabin. My dad managed to get a picture of the water in the pool sloshing from side to side and actually running out of the pool. One their way back to the room my parents ran into one of the captain's assistants. He said the seas were rough but not too bad but to go eat saltines if we were feeling nauseous.

They went back to the buffet and got a bunch. By the time they got back they were both starting to feel sea sick too. Since everyone felt bad we stayed in the room for the rest of the night.

I found the Simpson's movie on tv so I watched that and ate saltines. The rocking continued all night long and unfortunately it wasn't just a side to side motion but the bow of the ship would lurch forward violently and then the whole ship would rock back as the stern went under. We had our sea-sickness braclets on but they didn't help for this.

Things Learned on Day 6 of my Cruise:

1. When glaciers recede they leave large hollows in the mountains.

2. The rangers control what ships have access to Glacier Bay National Park, not all cruise ships get in.

3. The closer you are to the glaciers the more gray the waters look.

4. If you are around a glacier long enough chances are you will see it calve.

5. If you listen you can hear alot of noise coming from the glacier, a good sign it will soon calve.

6. Glacier Bay National Park's website

7. When your ship is within the boundaries of a National Park like Glacier Bay all the casinos are closed.

8. Eat saltines if you start to get sea sick.
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