Happy Thursday, everyone! If you have been following along all week, thank you so much for keeping up with my posts! You are in for a treat today as I’m sharing my thoughts on scenic cruising in the Tracy Arm Fjord. After two days of stopping at ports, this day was a day of scenic cruising on the cruise ship. For this day, Princess did offer one excursion to board a small boat to get closer to the glacier; however, we chose to book chairs in the highest part of the cruise ship known as The Sanctuary.
We woke that morning around 5:00 a.m. and began throwing on layers for the day. As we read the night before in the Daily Patter (the newsletter on the ship), the cruise ship would enter the fjord around 7:00 a.m. We wanted to be ready to go when it began, and we were. We grabbed breakfast on one of the upper decks and watched slowly as rain sprinkled across the window. As we cruised through the foggy mountains, we watched as icebergs slowly began to appear throughout the water. Shortly after breakfast, we headed to The Sanctuary to grab our seats for where would we would spend the day watching the scenery.
As we entered the fjord, we began to see all different sizes of icebergs throughout the water. Big ones. Small ones. Each color of the icebergs so different. Some a glass-white color. Others almost the color of a light blue like Windex. The weather was rather chilly this day as it was overcast and filled with fog. We passed another Princess cruise ship that had just finished touring the area. As we made our through the area, a crew member came across the loud speaker to inform us on where to view animals as they appeared, gave us a brief history of the place, and pointed out some of the beauty around the area.
We cruised for about two hours (give or take) before arriving at the glacier. At the deck we were on, we had complimentary breakfast with hot drinks, ear muffs, and warm blankets given to us. After two layers of clothing, one all weather jacket, and four blankets, I was finally a little warm. I wish I would have thought about packing gloves, but other than that I was comfortable. The cold, however, did not stop me from popping up from beneath the blankets and experiencing the beauty of the area.
As we cruised the area we saw tons of baby seals sprinkled across the ice as well as mountain goats around the land. We passed two smaller ships as we inched towards the glacier. As we were viewing the area, a piece of the glacier broke off and created a large splash in the water. It sounded like thunder as the ice fell into the water. I couldn’t grab my camera fast enough to capture it, but it was definitely a site to see. After staying in the area for about an hour or so, our cruise ship turned around and headed out the fjord en route to Ketchikan, AK. Tomorrow’s post will conclude with our final two ports of the trip. Stay tuned everyone!