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Cruising Article – 2012-11-29

Three glacier viewing experiences not to miss on an Alaskan cruise

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Booking an Alaskan cruise with Princess Cruises will allow you to escape completely® to a remote region of the world famous for its vast wildernesses, diverse animal populations, deep blue skies and pristine natural beauty.

When you book a cruise to Alaska, you'll enjoy a relaxing and memorable vacation with all the comforts and amenities of Princess Cruises at your beck and call. Here are some of the incredible glaciers waiting for you in Alaska.

Hubbard Glacier
Known as the "Galloping Glacier" locally, the Hubbard Glacier is a gigantic ice formation that is quickly making its way toward the Gulf of Alaska into a breathtaking area called Disenchantment Bay.  It is the largest tidewater glacier in all of North America and measures 76 miles long with a depth of 1,200 feet. To give you a sense of the towering height of the glacier, it looms over passing cruise ships by nearly 40 stories.

In fact, the Hubbard Glacier is so large that it created a natural ice dam that sealed off the Russell Fjord from the rest of the bay - a feat it accomplished not once, but twice. Making the sight even more impressive are the enormous snow-capped mountains set behind the Hubbard Glacier. Keep an eye out for any glacial calving, as the glacier often drops 10-story tall icebergs into the waters!

College Fjord
College Fjord was discovered in 1899 as a college research expedition made its way into the northwest corner of Prince William Sound. The group of adventuring professors selected the name College Fjord to honor their prestigious academic institutions back on the East Coast. The fjord appears like a group of frozen rivers cascading down the mountainside to the blue waters. Here, you can also witness large chunks of ice crashing into the water below.

College Fjord is also the largest collection of tidewater glaciers in the world, making it a truly unforgettable sight. You may even catch a glimpse of impressive 40-ton humpback whales breaching the waters around the fjord.

Tracy Arm Fjord
Located approximately 50 miles south of Alaska's capital, Juneau, Tracy Arm Fjord is a beautiful protected area within the Tongass National Forest. Spanning nearly 30-miles across, the fjord was named for Civil War general Benjamin Franklin Tracy and contains the magnificent twin Sawyer glaciers. You'll have the chance to observe glacial calving as sizable chunks of ice fall into the water. You'll also notice icebergs ranging from a few inches tall to three stories floating by your Princess Cruises ship. 

Beauty, excitement and adventure await when you book an Alaskan cruise with Princess Cruises. Click here to begin your journey to the state's most amazing glacier formations as well as many other notable attractions along the way!