Thunder doesn’t just come from the sky. Glaciers creak, rumble and calve explosively with a stupendous roar often referred to as “white thunder.” The sound and fury, the icy colors and the massive icebergs they shed make Alaska’s glaciers one of the greatest shows on earth and you can see it all up close with Princess Cruises.
Every Alaska cruise with Princess offers at least one unforgettable glacier viewing opportunity, and many voyages include a visit to spectacular Glacier Bay National Park. Princess is just one of a few select cruise lines permitted to cruise this National Park and it’s included on every Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary, as well as on many Inside Passage sailings.
Of course, why stop at seeing glaciers when you can touch, glide or soar above them. Princess Cruises also offers optional excursions for further glacial exploration, like combination helicopter/hiking tours that put you square on the surface of these massive ice beds. You can also take a flightseeing tour over glaciers, kayak around them and even ride a dogsled across.
Ice-Age Wonders That Never Cease to Amaze
Glacier Bay National Park
Spanning 3.3 million acres, this UNESCO World Heritage Site features an array of massive glaciers, none more spectacular than Margerie Glacier, which is 40 stories high and over a mile wide. The park is teeming with humpback whales, sea otters, harbor seals and more. Featured on every Voyage of the Glaciers cruise as well as many of our Inside Passage cruises.
Tracy Arm Fjord
Located southeast of Juneau, the narrow 26-mile waterway of Tracy Arm Fjord offers dramatic views of the epic twin Sawyer Glaciers as they calve, sending giant chunks of ice crashing into the waters of this stunning fjord. You'll sail past snowcapped mountains, dazzling waterfalls and steep granite canyon walls that disappear into deep and narrow fjords. Featured on select Inside Passage cruises roundtrip from Seattle, Vancouver or San Francisco.
In the northwest pocket of Prince William Sound you'll discover magnificent College Fjord, home to 16 tidewater glaciers. Named for the Ivy League schools by the Harriman Expedition scientists who discovered the glaciers in 1899, College Fjord offers some of the state’s best glacier viewing. Featured on the northbound Voyage of the Glaciers cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage (Whittier).
At 76 miles in length, Hubbard Glacier is the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska. The cliff face is over six miles wide and is a very active calving glacier, making an exciting experience for visitors. It is situated at the head of Yakutat Bay in southeast Alaska. Featured on the southbound Voyage of the Glaciers cruise from Anchorage (Whittier) to Vancouver.
Juneau’s famous “urban” Mendenhall Glacier is the largest ice formation in southeast Alaska accessible by road. And while in port, there are a variety of optional excursions available to experience this Ice Age wonder — you can hike, kayak, canoe or even river float to it for an up-close look. This amazing glacier is 12 miles long, a half-mile wide and from 300 to 1,800 feet deep.