Sailing to Alaska, Day 7 – Hubbard Glacier

Glacier cruising days are often a major highlight of an Alaska cruise, whether you’re sailing Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, College Fiord or Tracy Arm. But occasionally, heavy ice or other conditions can turn a potential highlight into a large disappointment, so I’m always somewhat anxious about this day. My last visit to Hubbard Glacier, on the Coral Princess in 2010, was my most disappointing ever.

Sailing through Yakutat Bay, watching the glacier on TV while we got dressed for the chilly weather.


Approaching Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

There was a light rain falling and it wasn’t clear to me what the day might bring – forecasts have been very inaccurate, always to our benefit 🙂


Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Looking good!


Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Looking bad! This much ice will stop many ships, but our captain kept slowly pushing through.


Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

The helicopter pad on the bow is always the most popular spot, but getting a spot on the rail can be tough, so up top is usually a better choice.


Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

The Turner Glacier to the left of Hubbard.


Turner Glacier, Alaska

The peaks along the north shore of Disenchantment Bay.


Disenchantment Bay, Alaska

Calving is what most of us want to see, and we got what we were looking for, many times!


Calving at Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Hubbard appears to be close to damming Russell Fiord again this year.


Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Easier viewing from the upper decks – the Celebrity Millennium is one of the best ships I’ve been on in terms of open viewing areas (as well as many other things).


Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

More calving. To the left is a cave formed by meltwater from the middle of the glacier.


Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

More calving into the little space left between the glacier and Gilbert Point.


Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Formal nights and the glacier days are the money periods for the ship photographers but not many people seemed to want their services, so they practiced on each other 🙂


Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Crash!


Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Looking straight down from the upper deck as we sailed away from the glacier just after 9:30.


Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

We went to naturalist Dirk Younkerman’s final presentation at noon. Having him on board is a great benefit, and it was nice to see that his talks were fairly well attended.


Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

The seas got a bit rough as we sailed toward Seward, but the ship was very stable.


Sea conditions leaving Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Following our track on the TV – approaching Kayak Island.


Kayak Island, Alaska

Our view of Kayak Island.


Kayak Island, Alaska

Reading “Yukon, North of Ordinary” magazine while crossing the Gulf of Alaska.


Reading 'Yukon, North of Ordinary' magazine in Alaska

The view at 10:32pm.


The coastline of the Gulf of Alaska

At 10:44, we saw a colourful sundog to the left of the setting sun for a few minutes.


The coastline of the Gulf of Alaska

Our cruise ends early tomorrow morning in Seward, but the adventure isn’t over yet. We start the next stage with a ride on the Alaska Railroad to Anchorage.

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  1. We just returned from a two week visit to Alaska on the Millenium. Dirk is an wonderful asset to have on board with the cruise. He makes himself available to talk and give insight to wherever the ship travels. His knowledge about Alaska the flora and fauna and his expertise on whales is what made our trip so memorable.