Friday September 9 - It was a dark and stormy morning". Alas, the big boat event day - our tour into Glacier Bay was ominous. This would be our worst weather day. Oh well. You never know in Alaska what you will get late September.
We listen to a prep talk about where we are headed and what to expect. Then we go to the Crow's Nest - 10th floor of the ship. Alas, it's misty glare and way too crowded. Rumor has it they might open the bow. We hurry to our room to bundle up. First we go to deck 3. Brrrr. Reid Glacier, Lansplugh Glacier, and Johns Hopkins Inlet. Lots of wow moments despite the brutal weather.
Bow opens and we are layered with boots, hats, and multi-coats. We bustle out and gasp. Rain, wind, and a massive glacier in view. Quite dramatic. We snap pics with freezing fingers. Okay - that's enough. We give. Nature wins.
Scurry indoors to change clothes. We are soaked through. Since we have a veranda we stand at the glass with our noses pressed against the glass. Lovely. We break for lunch, then return to our room for the grand finale - the Marjorie Glacier. The weather has broken a bit so we even venture outside - bundled up of course. Oh, the caves and blue ice. The Captain spins the ship slowly a full 360 degrees. Hey - we can even hear an ice calving - a dull roar and we can see the splash as ice breaks off. Tremendous.
One can only imagine a sunny day - beyond spectacular.
We finish up our day killing time. Announcements are made about expected boat rocking challenges. Ray even partakes of dramamine. Any place you go on the boat, you weave and weeble wobble. It's a disconcering feeling. However we are able to sleep after seeing the Noordam actors present a lovely show.
Glaciers are an amazing wonder to see. And the only way to see this National Park treasure is via cruise ship. It's well monitored and very conscious of the environment. We want to preserve this purity!!