Hubbard Glacier, Mother Nature at work.
Jun 01, 2010
Mar 11, 2011
Where I stayed
Later that afternoon we arrived at the Hubbard glacier, our first encounter with a real glacier this tour
. The sight was truly amazing, and although the sail towards the glacier was rocky, and a bit rainy, when we arrived at the fjord the weather cleared up and the waters calmed down. We were very lucky as the captain maneuvered the ship though the ice field as close as he was legally allowed to be (500 ft distance). This was the closest any ship has gotten so far this season. We could hear the cracking and banging of the ice when it broke off the glacier and plummeted into the sea. We must have made around 200 photos of the spectacular site, some of these you will find with this post.
The evening was a formal night on board the ship, we had our reservation for the Olympic restaurant. The restaurant is named after the sister-ship of the Titanic, and has some of the original wood panels of this ship as decoration. We had a five course menu with wine pairing which was quite enjoyable although the quantity of the food was excessive. After dinner we went straight to bed as the next day would be a early day.
When we woke the next morning the ship was rocking vigorously, the sea was quite rough and there were strong wind gusts. We did not expect a ship of this size to be to influenced by the oceans movement. We went to the Gym for our daily exercise routine. The rocking of the ship gave the treadmill an extra edge. After the morning routine we had a meeting of the cruise-critics website where we met the people that were behind the aliases on the Internet forum. After that we rushed to a cooking demonstration in the 'Olympic' restaurant. This cooking demonstration turned out to be a showcase of the menu of the Olympic persuading people to book tables. We did not need any persuasion as we already booked two nights in this restaurant. Hungry from the demonstration we went to replenish the lost calories at the lunch buffet in the Metropolitan.