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Alaska. Glacier Bay National Park. In The Realm Of Glaciers. P.2.

Uritsk Andrey • 7 minutes read • April 28th, 2016
The ship bristled with the camera lenses:

There is a movement on decks. "

Island Princess

" stopped not far from the glaciers - in this photo, it seems that you only need to bent a little over the side to touch the ice. However, we are not in "Titanic", and such touches were not included in the cruise program.

Although, anything can happen in your life - and Leonardo DiCaprio, just in case, whispered his new girlfriend horror stories from his past practice of cruising, as well as quotes from the latest version of the SOLAS Convention.

James Cameron in search of new sensational documentaries also stood on deck all set...

However, icebergs that day were not so great:

But we managed to watch how the ice splits off the glaciers crawling down to the sea. Speed of movement of glaciers is different -

Grand Pacific Glacier 

is quite slow and snow-white 

Margerie Glacier

 is much faster - the speed of its movement to the sea is a few centimeters per day, and the sound of the breaking ice is like a powerful shot! Each piece spawned a storm of emotions on board, and if you managed to catch the fall of the ice into the water, the enjoyment of travelers did not have any limits! At this moment all the tourists occupied the right side of the ship, facing the Margerie Glacier.

After standing for about an hour in the depths of Tarr Inlet, at about 11 am "Island Princess" started the engine and slowly sailed back.

And we were replaced by a small tourist boat:

Many of you, probably, noticed the amazing blue color of the water in the bay. This shade of blue happens because of the water that was produced by the melting of glaciers. It is fresh, lighter than sea water, and its layer is on the surface. However, under the screws of the ship the water is mixed, and if you stand at the stern while the ship goes along the glacial bay, you can see a darker layer of sea salt water appearing from under the screws. It's left on the surface like a powerful jet remaining after the passage of the ship.

"Island Princess" is in a delightful realm of ice - as if in a fairy tale!

Returning a little back to the "fork" of two fjords, the ship now turns to the left of them - John Hopkins Inlet, in the depth of which the glacier of the same name comes down to the sea:

Before that, the ship leaves another glacier behind - Lamplugh Glacier.

A lookout man remains alert:

And here is Johns Hopkins Glacier going down to the sea in the depths of the bay of the same name. Cruise ships don't go there. However, from a distance of 3 miles (5 kilometers) the glacier is also very impressive:

Meanwhile, another cruise ship appeared in the Glacier Bay  - it also goes to Tarr Inlet, like we did a few hours earlier. This is "Diamond Princess", another "Princess", on which I traveled to Australia and New Zealand just six months ago! It was very nice to see this ship - and no longer at the "green continent", but in the middle of the ice bays of Alaska.

"Island Princess" turned, once again passed in close proximity to Lamplugh Glacier, and went to the exit from Glacier Bay.

An hour later, the ship was back in the wide part of the bay:

Pay attention to the powerful current, which is so well illustrated by the buoy. But we are still not in the river but in the sea - high tide started...

At about 3 pm "Island Princess" leaves the border of Glacier Bay National Park - park's staff warmly say goodbye to the tourists and leave the ship on a special boat.

The ship continues to move towards the open sea - today we finish the movement along the "Inside Passage" of Alaska (this is a system of long straits and fjords connected with each other, stretching from Vancouver and Seattle to Juneau and Skagway). Ahead is a 434-mile (700-kilometer) long passage along the open Pacific Ocean to Prince William Sound, where we will come tomorrow in the afternoon.

To the right, less than a mile away from us, a flock of whales is frisking, their tails and backs appear on the surface here and there.

Meanwhile, the ship leaves the narrowness and goes to the open sea - pilot boat comes to the side of the vessel and takes the pilots who were on "Island Princess" along the way, while we were going along the narrowness of the "Inside Passage" - from Ketchikan to Glacier Bay.

At this time we say goodbye to the Alaska's Panhandle, as the southeast part of Alaska pressed by Canada to the ocean is affectionately called. We enter the open sea.

It is quite windy in the ocean, and the waves are pretty big - the ship evenly and slowly swings like a pendulum on the long ocean wave. And on the horizon, the setting sun breaks through the water sprays, wind and rain that periodically begin to drop!

This is a rare beautiful picture that gives us hope that the next day will be bright and sunny. Moreover, we leave the area of rainforests of Southeast Alaska and begin a long passage to the northwest where nature and climate are quite different. Tomorrow is another amazing day in the ocean - a trip to College Fjord, where we will continue our acquaintance with the glaciers. And the next night we will arrive in the city of Whittier, the end port of the sea cruise Vancouver - Alaska.
Author: Uritsk
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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