|We boarded our ship in Seward. I am so glad that Steve and I got to spend time in Seward last week because there was no time to enjoy it before getting on the ship.
We left Seward around 5 pm. We sailed/motored our way out of Resurrection Bay, through the Kenai Fjords National Park into the Gulf of Alaska. As I said once before it remains light until 1 or 2 in the morning, then there is dusk, then the sun comes up again. Throws off your body clock.
The first day aboard was spent at sea; however, not open waters. We were watching beautiful coastal mountains as we floated by. Around 2 pm we reached Hubbard Glacier. This is North America's largest tidewater glacier. It is 76 miles long, 7 miles wide, and 600 feet high. Approximately 350 feet can be seen above the waterline. The pictures don't capture the magnitude of what we saw.
The captain did some unbelievable maneuvering with the ship. He spun it around while staying in place. Like a gigantic donut. The ship had a naturalist on board giving us a well presented narrative of the glacier and the formation of glaciers in general.