Glacier Bay an otherworldly experience

We seem plunked down in a different world.  It looks like something from the depths of history. Or maybe from planets beyond our orb. Great shards of ice glisten like diamonds in deep sapphire waters. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys.  Mountains, some as high as 15,000 feet, rise straight out of the ocean. Snow draped peaks tower over sparkling fiords. “It feels like you are going back in time, back to …

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The Northern Lights, Rugged Terrain, Panning for Gold, Fly Fishing, Fjords & Glaciers, plus Hundreds of Whales and Sea Lions & the Wild West

Dreaming of a trip to Alaska this coming summer?  We thought you might enjoy reading a little bit about the cruisetour options available on an Alaska sailing.  A cruise tour is a great way to extend your cruise vacation by adding a land trip before or after your cruise. Cruisetours combine cruises with land tour to inland destinations that the ships can’t always reach.  To view Cruise tour options, please click here.  Or if you want an …

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There’s no better way to get the kids interested in nature

DAY 9 — Thank you, LL Bean! I am slogging through mud and algae — it looks exactly like green slime — and my feet are perfectly dry thanks to my pink and white flowered LL Bean rain boots (www.llbean.com). I’m also decked out in rubber LL Bean rain pants and my Patagonia rain jacket. We are following a bear trail-seeing where the Brown Bear sloshed through a stream (we see his paw prints) and demolished a …

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Learning How To Kayak Among Ice Bergs

DAY FIVE — We are standing in a misting drizzle on the top deck of our home for the next week — the 12 person wooden boat Sea Wolf (www.seawolfadventures.net), getting a lesson in kayaking before we venture out in Glacier Bay for the first time. There’s not another boat in site. “Our aim is to keep your wilderness experience from being impacted by the cruise ships,” says Kimber Owen, who found her way to her boat …

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To Glacier Bay On A Converted WWII Minesweeper

Boarding the Sea Wolf for the 5-day cruise on Glacier Bay (click image to enlarge)DAY FOUR — “There’s really no cell service?” 12 year-old Max Weinberg wants to know. No cell or internet, I tell him. A week without texting? He’s having a hard time processing that. Welcome to Glacier Bay National Park (www.nps.gov) that is reachable only by boat or plane. We’ve joined three other families — together we have seven kids ranging from one 11 …

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