Glacier Bay National Park
As great as the weather was for sightseeing on our day in Juneau, it was equally as bad on our day in Glacier Bay National Park. Our day in Glacier Bay was basically a “day at sea” where we cruised through the national park and saw all the glaciers. We woke up to a thick layer of fog which gave us very little visibility to the glaciers we were passing, plus it was cold and rainy – guess you can’t win every day in Alaska!
We were determined to make the most of it and enjoy a relaxing day at sea. We had 3 connecting rooms with verandas and they were able to remove the partitions between them so we could all hang out together. If you can spend a little extra money, veranda rooms are well worth it because you can view all the beautiful scenery from the comfort of your own private balcony. We bundled up (gloves were key!) and propped open our door with the TV turned up so we could here the park ranger’s commentary along the way.
There were points throughout the day where the weather cleared up and we got close enough to the glaciers to get a decent view. Nothing will beat trekking on a glacier, but it was still pretty cool to see from afar!
When we got up close to the Margerie Glacier a few of us ventured up to the upper decks for a different view. The ship did several 360º turns so everyone was able to get a good view no matter which side of the boat you were on.
When we came in from the cold rain we were very happy to find that they were making warm mulled wine near the pool deck, just a bit of a different atomsphere than your standard Caribbean cruise! Forget hot chocolate, mulled wine is where it’s at! We enjoyed a couple glasses from the comfort of our own balconies and were happy when the fog finally started to clear and the beautiful views returned! Another fantastic day in Alaska in the books!