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Alaska - Day 8 - Hubbard Glacier
July 2010
The only other day that we did not get off the ship was Thursday. Early in the morning, we arrived at Hubbard Glacier. Depending upon the weather conditions plus the size and quantity of icebergs in Yakutat & Disenchantment Bays. The weather finally worked in our favor and it was a beautiful morning. We were able to get within a mile of the face of the glacier which is as close as cruise ships can ever get. The glacier was also very active with lots of big pieces calving off of the face. Because there is nothing man-made out there it is very hard to comprehend the size of the glacier. When I thought we were a few hundred yards from the glacier, it turned out we were 4 miles away. For your reference, the face of the glacier is over 450 feet tall and 8 miles wide. After spending a few hours at Hubbard Glacier, the ship spent the rest of the day and night crossing the Gulf of Alaska to Seward.

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DAY 7 | ALASKA INDEX | DAY 9

001 Light after Midnight 002 Yakutat Bay & Mountains 008 Yakutat Bay
This was the view from our stateroom just after midnight
Entering Yakutat Bay
Entering Yakutat Bay
009 Hubbard Glacier 017 Ice in Disenchantment Bay 018 Hubbard Glacier
Our first glimpse of Hubbard Glacier from about 30 miles away
Starting to see icebergs as we enter Disenchantment Bay
Hubbard Glacier from about 5 miles away
022 Seal 023 Icebergs 027 Turner Glacier
The seals are obviously used to seeing cruise ships
Glacial icebergs are blue
Turner Glacier is next to Hubbard Glacier
028 Iceberg 029 Turner Glacier 030 Haenke Glacier
This iceberg clearly calved off of Haenke Glacier
Turner Glacier is next to Hubbard Glacier
You can see thousands of years of layers in Haenke Glacier
034 Haenke Glacier 038 Hubbard Glacier 040 Hubbard Glacier
Haenke Glacier is next to Hubbard Glacier
Hubbard Glacier is beyond description once you get close to it (and by close I mean a mile away).
Hubbard Glacier was very active the day we were there
044 Hubbard Glacier 051 Icebergs 055 Hubbard Glacier
Hubbard Glacier is 8 miles wide at the face
The icebergs are getting bigger but not big enough to sink us, thankfully.
Seeing (and hearing) the glacier calving is a spectacular sight.
056 Hubbard Glacier 058 Seals 061 Seal
Hubbard Glacier
Disenchantment Bay was full of seals.
Disenchantment Bay was full of seals.
062 Hubbard Glacier 063 Seal 064 Ice Field
Hubbard Glacier was very active the day we were there
Disenchantment Bay was full of seals.
Luckily we could get pretty close since the icebergs weren't too big
065 Hubbard Glacier 066 Hubbard Glacier 068 Hubbard Glacier
Luckily we could get pretty close since the icebergs weren't too big
Hubbard Glacier
Hubbard Glacier
069 Hubbard Glacier 070 Hubbard Glacier 072 Hubbard Glacier
The scenery around the glacier is spectacular too.
Hubbard Glacier
This piece (which is bigger than a house) broke off from under the glacier and floated to the surface
075 Hubbard Glacier 079 Hubbard Glacier 080 Turner Glacier
This was the biggest section we saw calve off of Hubbard Glacier. It was the only one that created a wave big enough to lift the ship.
Seeing (and hearing) the glacier calving is a spectacular sight.
Turner Glacier is next to Hubbard Glacier
082 Bridge Wing 083 Seal 084 Seals
The wings of the bridge have a glass floor so the Staff Captain can spot icebergs.
Disenchantment Bay was full of seals.
There were seals all over the ice
086 Seal 089 Seal 092 Seal
Disenchantment Bay was full of seals.
This seal didn't move until the ship was right near him.
This seal didn't move until the ship was right near him.
096 Hubbard Glacier 098 Michael 099 Mom
Hubbard Glacier is 8 miles wide at the face.
This was the only night I had to trade my outback hat for a tuque. What I needed was a jacket that didn't inflate.
My mother loved the chilly night air as you can tell by the look on her face.
102 Helipad
At 10:45 pm ADT it was still light out on the helipad.

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