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Cruising Glacier Bay

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Tarr Inlet, Alaska 99826, USA
The bay contains seven tidewater glaciers, which flow from the mountains to the sea. As the ocean undermines the frozen massifs, giant chunks—up to 60 meters high—crash into the water. Known as “calving,” these icefalls tend to be spectacular....
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Johns Hopkins Inlet, Alaska 99826, USA
This ice field—named for the Baltimore university—numbers among Alaska’s most picturesque; it's also one of the planet’s few advancing tidewater glaciers. On a clear day, sunlight ignites the turquoise blue of its 76-meter-tall face (called “a...
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Marble Islands, Alaska, USA
Animal fans should race to the railing for one of the bay’s first highlights. Humpback whales often congregate here, diving deep to feed. Birdwatchers relish the south island, home to murres, kittiwakes and cormorants, along with tufted and horned...
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Tarr Inlet, Alaska 99826, USA
Around 1.6 kilometers wide, this hanging glacier has a dramatic 76-meter-high face. Big and beautiful, the river of frozen water flows 1.8 to 2.4 meters daily and very actively sheds icebergs. Those fragments contain compacted snow that fell 75 to...
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Mt Fairweather
The coastal mountains of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve—topped by the 4,671-meter Mt. Fairweather—provide a glorious backdrop to cruises up the West Arm. They were created by an ongoing geologic traffic jam: The North American tectonic...