Alaska’s scenic wonders.
Tracy Arm Fjord.
Glacier Bay National Park discovered.
Cunard cruises provide guests with an unforgettable experience.
While other states in the Union excel at certain spectacles, nowhere can touch Alaska when it comes to ice. Arguably the best example of this is Glacier Bay National Park, a dominating feature of Alaska’s protected Inside Passage. Part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site, this is one of the world’s largest international protected areas.
The very name Glacier Bay alone is enough to conjure images of a regal yet rugged land, almost bleak in its startling beauty. The terrain is varied, encompassing everything from ice-blue glaciers to emerald forests and soaring mountains. As the ship travels through this Ice Age territory, watch for awe-inspiring calving as ice breaks from the glaciers with a thunderous sound, wonder at the sheer wall of a vast tidewater glacier—actually the end of an immense river of ice—and not least, keep your eyes peeled for countless species of wildlife, including humpback whales, harbor seals, bald eagles, coyotes and even salmon-hunting brown bears.
There is also a powerful human connection here. The area remains a homeland for the indigenous Tlingit people who have had a connection with Glacier Bay National Park since time immemorial. They named the place Xaatl Tu (pronounced ‘halked-TOO’), meaning ‘Among the ice’.
Today, slowly cruising the Bay remains the ultimate way to experience its majesty and splendor. National Park Rangers and expert naturalist guides are on hand to ensure guests on this Alaska cruise get the very most from this extraordinary full-day adventure—undoubtedly one never to be forgotten.