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North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay July 15th 2023

Anne and I traveled to Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska in mid July for a week-long cruise aboard the MV Sea Wolf. The Sea Wolf is a converted US Navy minesweeper that protected San Francisco harbor during WWII. Originally built in 1941, she was commissioned as the USS Observer (Amc-91). She was decommissioned in 1947, then through several different owners, was purchased in 2003 by the current owners. Thoroughly remodeled in 2003 and again in 2019, she is now the current small ship cruise host for up to 12 passengers and a crew of 5 or 6. This trip has been on my bucket list ever since our trip to Glacier Bay NP back in 2015. I finally convinced Anne, or wore her down sufficiently to agree, that we should do it before we are ... read more
The Sea Wolf - going aboard
Stateroom #2
Fantail dinner table

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay July 11th 2021

Today we are in Crab Bay, surrounded by forests, beautiful snow-capped mountains and a peaceful inlet. For the morning activity, Ken decided on another bushwhack, while I chose the “bushwhack light” or as I came to call it, the Baby Bushwhack. The normal one was a 3-hour excursion through the brush, and I just wasn’t sure I wanted to thrash through the forest for that long. Prior to landing with our skiff on the shore, we saw two small deer, which are normal for this part. They were more the size of larger fawns, but Brady, our guide said the size helps them survive when there is little to eat in the winter. Once we landed our skiff, we explored mostly on shore and saw sea stars, lots of barnacles, mussels, little crabs and some other ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay July 10th 2021

After a great dinner last night of either steak, salmon or a vegi dish, we had one additional nightcap and called it a night. We had left for the airport at 430a, so we were both ready for a good night’s sleep. We had entered Glacier Bay National Park, which is the least visited National Park in the country. When we saw how big and vast it was, it is quite understandable as there is no way to get there except via boat. Breakfast was a buffet that had a variety of choices, with some of the best bacon I have had in a long time. The choice of activities for the morning, would be similar for the entire week: Bushwhacking, skiff tours or kayaking. We decided to go for it right up front and do ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay May 19th 2019

Day 14 19/05/2019 Glacier Bay I woke up to the most beautiful dark blue sky with almost no clouds at 4.32 to see the full moon in the sky. What an omen for today I knew it was going to be spectacular! I went back to bed but only dozed on and off. As soon as the alarm went we were up showered and off for breakfast. We were back in our room by 8 and layered our clothes, ready to adventure outside on the balcony for the views. The temperature expected for the day was 7C. The ship picked up a park ranger who was going to give us commentary whilst cruising in Glacier Bay. We headed up through the Narrows and past Gloomy Knob . On went the beanie, hat and gloves, and the ... read more
John Hopkins Glacier
Mini icebergs
Margerie Glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay September 12th 2018

Today was another day at sea or I should say, day on board as the cruise lines like to market these types of days: Scenic Cruising!! We were all provided with an itinerary for the day as well as a map of the area we would be cruising through, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Glacier Bay. The day started at 06:30 when the ship turned in from Icy Strait to Bartlett Cove where we picked up a local Ranger who acted as our expert and guide for the day. Whilst some passengers may have been the early worms not wanting to miss a second of the activities and looked on as the Ranger boarded, two who I shall, for the purpose of protecting the guilty, call Yogi and Boo-Boo were still in hibernation giving out ... read more
Iceberg ahoy
A small slither carves from Margerie Glacier
Reflections of Glacier bay

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay August 31st 2018

There was a lot of hype about spending most of the day in Glacier Bay national park right from yesterday onwards. They even had glacier themed desserts for lunch and dinner! At 10 am in the morning there was a program about Glacier bay area in the auditorium. It is really a national park like grand canyon. As such, you have rangers that work there. Ranger, a lady came on board this morning and she stayed with the ship till 4 pm this afternoon. It is very interesting the way ranger comes on board the ship. The ship does not stop anymore, it could be that it slows down. The ranger is in another boat parallel with ship at same predetermined speed. She gets on a ladder dropped in by the ship to come on board. ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay June 23rd 2018

I don’t recall going to an LGBTI meeting before, but I can highly recommend them to everyone. The first afternoon on our cruise ship there was one such meeting and we all went to say hello. They start by handing out free champagne to everyone and if someone in the group tells them it is their birthday, they give you more! Two bottles later we were all feeling the love in this friendly group. To top it off the two hosts were good fun and we met them again throughout the cruise. Mainly at the nightclub, where one of them was the DJ and the other just came for the free drinks Craig was buying him. These guys clearly enjoyed their work. And we decided that the night club should be renamed a day club due ... read more
Hubbard Glacier
Hubbard Glacier
Hubbard Glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay September 13th 2017

OK sorry about this but this is a long one…….. Well we headed away from Denali NP in the early hours of last Wednesday morning and drove the 340 kms back to Anchorage and met up with our Canadian friends Bob and Jen who had flown in to join us on the next leg of our journey. We all boarded a bus and headed out to the port town of Whittier which was the launching spot for our Alaskan cruise aboard the “Island Princess”. It was not a good omen when the driver of the bus told us that South east Alaska is the second biggest rain forrest next to the Amazon…emphasis on “rain!!” As we arrived into Whittier it was raining quite steadily which made for great waterfalls off the cliff faces but also made ... read more
Seal getting a free ride
Hubbard glacier calving
Our home

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay July 2nd 2017

Day9– Skagway and Set Sail. In the morning, after breakfast, we hopped on a street car, and took a tour of Skagway. The tour guide graduated from University of Houston, in psychology, with a Masters, and is living up here year around. She enjoys people, and while I can’t remember what she said she did during the winter, it isn’t outdoors. Most of the natives that stay here during the winter, spend time supporting the high school teams on their travels, tournaments, and watch their games. We saw a snow blower that cleared railroad tracks, went up to an overlook and saw Skagway from above, and got a glimpse of our ship, and another in port. We saw what looked like a road below, but found out it was an airstrip that is used when shipments ... read more
Skagway port

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay June 20th 2017

With a day of scenic cruising in Glacier Bay ahead of us starting later in the day than three weeks ago, Sharon went off to 8AM mass. I met her up in the Exploration Lounge and we went to breakfast in the Dining Room. She enjoyed her scrambled eggs and I tried the mushroom and spinach Eggs Benedict. We entered the National Park with a pilot and Park Rangers onboard. Traversing the once ice covered channel leading to the glaciers we passed the Eurodam who was leaving after their morning visit. There were lectures prior to reaching the spectacular glaciers on this day with patches of blue shining down. We had good visibility three weeks earlier; but, today the weather had something special in store for us. The park ranger was enthusiastic in her coverage of ... read more
One of the glaciers in Glacier Bay
One of the glaciers in Glacier Bay
The Eurodam leaving the bay

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