Board an Alaskan-built expedition vessel for stunning, unmatched perspective of Hubbard Glacier — one of Alaska’s most famous landmarks.
From the mouth of Disenchantment Bay, you will cruise in comfort amid shimmering icebergs and dramatic wilderness.
You will board a day-boat directly from the ship. Relax in the warm, comfortable cabin, surrounded by large windows, as the naturalist and crew orient you to the stunning scenery and prolific wildlife. You’ll cruise near the rocky shoreline and weave through a maze of icebergs that have fallen from the face of the glacier — the perspective from the smaller vessel is astounding.
Ice conditions permitting, the captain will navigate the narrow cut between Haenke Island and the mainland en route to Hubbard Glacier. Offering a variety of viewing angles for photos and video, this “river of ice” is often very active, calving icebergs with an almighty crash. Unlike many other glaciers, Hubbard Glacier is advancing. At times, this advance has been up to 7 feet a day, earning it the nickname, ‘the Galloping Glacier.’
Along the glacially-carved coastlines, an endless expanse of spruce and hemlock trees, snow capped mountains, and glaciers are the subject of the naturalist’s compelling narration. On a clear day, you may see Mount St Elias — the second tallest peak in the United States.
Hot beverages are included; a selection of food is available for purchase.
Notes: This tour departs directly from the cruise ship in a remote wilderness area. Weather, sea and ice conditions can alter both the duration and route of the journey, including shipside embarkation/disembarkation areas. The cruise ship also stops within view of Hubbard Glacier and will be in sight during the excursion. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. Little walking is required; however, participants must be able to negotiate a narrow, moderately-steep gangway to (dis)embark the vessel with only minor assistance. Binoculars are available for use on board. It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing in order to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion. Outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Bring gloves, a warm hat and a scarf.