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, named one of the 7 Cruise Wonders of the World by Condé Nast Traveler. 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.

Calving Glacier in Glacier Bay Alaska
Calving Glacier in Glacier Bay Alaska

Glacier Bay National Park

Spanning 3.3 million acres, breathtaking Glacier Bay National Park boasts some of the world’s most spectacular tidewater glaciers, such as Margerie Glacier and Johns Hopkins Glacier. Not surprisingly, Glacier Bay National Park and its epic ice giants are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises and harbor seals enjoy the waters, while black bears and mountain goats wander through the pristine parkland, which you can learn about through the knowledgeable Park Rangers who join you on board. Glacier Bay National Park is featured on every Voyage of the Glaciers cruise as well as many of our Inside Passage cruises. For more information on Glacier Bay National Park, visit the National Park Service website. To learn more about Alaska 's National Parks, visit the Alaska Geographic website.

Princess Cruises is an authorized concessioner of Glacier Bay National Park.

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.

College Fjord

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).

Hubbard Glacier

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.