Alaska Cruises: Ice Age Glaciers
Alaska’s ice-age glacial formations, thought of as static and motionless, are very much alive, active and powerful. Winding down from mountains and fjords, these massive rivers of ice are often on the move, some dropping their bounty into the sea. The process is known as "calving," and some tidewater glaciers shed enormous chunks of ice several times an hour.
In most cases, the cascading wall of ice you see is several hundred years old. While these newly formed icebergs rapidly melt in the relatively warm water, some are large enough to support seals and other wildlife looking for a free, albeit temporary, ride.
From the upper reaches of College Fjord and the splendor of Glacier Bay to massive Hubbard Glacier and the steep granite walls of Tracy Arm Fjord, leave it to Princess Cruises to offer you a front-row seat to one of the most magnificent views on Earth.
Of course, the only thing better than seeing glaciers is actually touching them. That's why we offer optional combination helicopter/hiking tours that put you square on the surface of these massive ice beds. You can also take a “flightseeing” (sightseeing by air) tour over glaciers, kayak around them, and even ride a dogsled across.
Glacier Bay National Park
Spanning 3.3 million acres, Glacier Bay National Park is a stunning network of inlets that channel the frozen tide toward the sea. Don't be surprised to find company along the way – humpback whales enjoy the ample supply of herring and shrimp in Alaska's Glacier Bay.
Featured on Voyage of the Glaciers cruises and select Inside Passage cruises.
Up the coast 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 that were represented by a group of scientists who explored the area in 1899, College Fjord beckons like a shimmering diamond.
Featured on Voyage of the Glaciers cruises.
Tracy Arm Fjord
Located 50 miles southeast of Juneau, awe-inspiring Tracy Arm Fjord is sure to be a highlight of your glacier-viewing adventure. With our Inside Passage cruise, 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.
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 select Voyage of the Glaciers cruises.
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