It’s another early morning start today when Mariner goes exploring
in Hubbard Glacier. Although Alan arrives in the Observation Lounge before 7 a.m., the prime window seats have already been saved with passengers’ cameras and coats.
When I join Alan, Mariner is just entering Disenchantment Bay. On a clear autumn day, the Elias and Fairweather Mountain Ranges poke their glistening white peaks into a deep blue sky. Hubbard Glaciers jagged ice glows in the morning sun.
We’re in luck to be the only ship here. Mariner has no viewing competition as the captain pirouettes the ship round and round so that all have a spectacular view.
Gold, Platinum and Titanium cruisers (those with many days cruising with Regent) are invited to an outside area on the 8th deck for a special Hubbard Glacier viewing party. We mix and mingle with old and new friends as the Mariner staff hands out binoculars, blankets and hot chocolate.
Suddenly, the glacier calves sending a white spray of water high into the air. If there is a nature viewing heaven, we’ve arrived.
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