Suntanning while viewing a Glacier - Priceless!

Trip Start Jun 21, 2009
Trip End Jun 28, 2009

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Today is Hubbard Glacier viewing day. Strangely, we woke up to bright sunshine and clear skies. And it stayed clear and sunny. We had a great view of the Fairweather Mountains - so named because they are only visible in fair weather. From 8:30 until 1pm, we had fantastic views of the mountains and the Hubbard Glacier. Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. It has an open calving face of over 6 miles wide. We had a great view as the ship journeyed up the Yakutat Bay toward the glacier. We saw some sea otters and lions and even a fly pass of 2 red planes trailed by a white plane that was probably taking pictures, we're told.

There was some calving of the glacier which was fantastic to see. We were about 3 miles from the face of the glacier when the captain finally turned the ship around. We were surrounded by icebergs of all shapes and sizes and colours (mainly white, brown, black and blue).
The sunny skies only happen once or twice a season so we were very lucky.

After the 4 hours of glacier viewing, we were sunburnt(!) and tired of standing. We had lunch and snoozed for the afternoon.

We ate dinner in the main dining room - everyone selected the traditional turkey dinner - sage stuffing, giblet gravy with cranberry relish and candied sweet potatoes. Dessert was chocolate marquise with toasted pistachio sauce.

Afterwards, we attended the Best of Broadway show by the Celebrity Dancers. There were songs from Lion King, Cabaret and Producers, among others.

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