Trip Start May 18, 2013
15Trip End Jun 03, 2013
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A lot if ice!!!!!!!!!
The Hubbard Glacier
Today we are at sea all day and are making our way to the Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America, part of it is also in Yukon, Canada. It is 11,000 feet above sea level and is the only glacier to be advancing rather than retreating as other glaciers we have visited around the world. We will be entering Yakatat Bay and Disenchantment Bay, which delightfully rather sounds like some place from a fantasy novel by Ursula le Guinn.
It is 6 miles wide and we should reach it by around noon today so we have booked a table in the Morano Restaurant which will give us a comfortable splendid view. We also are able to go on the bow deck to view it as we approach and so should get some excellent photographs if the weather remains as visually clear as it has been so far.
As usual I have been up since dawnbreak excited by the prospect of the day. There are so many activities available on board, particularly on a day at sea that we have found it necessary to sit down and go through them all trying to plan the day ahead of time.
We will try and avoid all the retail temptations such as the 'Blue Diamond Sale' The Bella Perlina Sale' and the clothes sale of logo sweatshirts and jackets. Also avoiding the Martini tasting, the wine tasting and the cocktail hour as we are already feeling extremely dehydrated. The Aqua Spa is offering the Body Sculpt Boot camp (too late for that one!) Holistic Weight Loss with traditional chinese medicine (I could really do with that one!) Zumba three times a day, Teeth Whitening, 'How to look ten years Younger' which I believe may involve some expensive botox treatment (no thanks I've seen what it has done to Anne Robinson!) Droopy Lips and Lipstick Lines Treatment, and The Sun Kiss Glow treatment which I could probably do with as I am looking decidely pasty for this time of year. However we shall resist all of the above as I am sure we will be too busy clicking away with our cameras most of the day.
Our approach towards the Hubbard Glacier is now through ice-flows, no sign of Polar Bears though, I think we must be too far south. We can hear the ice cracking as the ship slowly makes it way closer to the glacier. We are 6 miles away now and it looks really close. The view from the Bow of the ship is amazing and the staff are serving Bailey's laced hot chocolate as the temperature is decidedly chilly. Later there will be fish and chips served on the bow deck and there is a distinct party atmosphere here. We shall be enjoying lobster in the Merano restaurant in a more civilised fashion and will leave the jostling crowds with their expensive cameras to fight it out for the best wide angled shot.
By the end of the day we have taken between us 640 shots of the glacier as we got increasingly nearer, less than a mile away we think. The height of the ice at the glacier face is about 600 feet and the reflected blue hues in the ice are stunningly beautiful. We will have a hard job deciding which photos to put in the blog. and there will definitely be a slide show made of the rest as the clarity factor is so good due to the lack of pollution and absence of cloud, we are so fortunate as the weather conditions are really perfect as on average they have around 300 days of rain here and other people who have been before are saying they have never experienced such a clear day before.