Nicknamed the "Galloping Glacier," this east Alaskan glacier is rapidly advancing toward the Gulf of Alaska into a pristine area known as Disenchantment Bay. In fact, its movement temporarily formed a natural dam that twice closed off nearby Russell Fjord from the bay, but the intense water pressure building within the fjord-turned-lake has thus far been enough to explode through the wall of ice.
The largest tidewater glacier in North America, Hubbard Glacier measures 76 miles long and plunges 1,200 feet into the depths of the bay. Its immense beauty and phenomenal blue hues are enchanting, even from afar. But it's when your cruise ship draws closer that its towering surface really impresses, dwarfing even the uppermost deck on your ship at a whopping 40 stories high. There, with the snowcapped mountains serving as a glorious backdrop, you'll have a prime viewing spot from which to witness the glacier calving, as it often expels icebergs the size of 10-story buildings-imagine the splash!
The area around Hubbard Glacier is also renowned for its wildlife, where whales, harbor seals and otters swim, brown bears, moose and black-tailed deer roam ashore, and a wide variety of seabirds soar gracefully across the sky.
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The largest tidewater glacier in North America and nicknamed the "Galloping Glacier," this east massive Ice Age remnant is rapidly advancing toward the Gulf of Alaska into a pristine area known as Disenchantment Bay.
The area around Hubbard Glacier is renowned for its wildlife, where whales, harbor seals and otters swim, brown bears, moose and black-tailed deer roam ashore, and a wide variety of seabirds soar gracefully across the sky.
The journey begins as soon as you board our comfortable, Alaskan-built vessel directly from your ship in the mouth of Disenchantment Bay. Travel aboard our maneuverable vessel allows for a route near the rocky, dramatic shoreline and provides a chance to weave through a maze of beautiful icebergs - each pieces of ice that have fallen from the face of the glacier. If ice conditions permit, the captain will navigate the narrow cut between Haenke Island and the mainland. This route provides the best opportunity for wildlife sightings. The excursion then provides significant time for up-close observation of the Hubbard Glacier with comprehensive viewing and a variety of angles for photos and video. The Hubbard Glacier is often very active, and dramatic displays of calving can occur at any time. Near the face of the Hubbard Glacier, you'll also have the opportunity to view a few lesser-known glaciers in the area. On a clear day in this temperate rainforest, you may even have the opportunity to view Mount St. Elias, the second tallest peak in the United States. Throughout the journey, a knowledgeable onboard naturalist will provide compelling narration. Visit the galley for complimentary hot beverages, a selection of food for purchase, and a collection of unique "Made In Alaska" gifts.