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Cruising Tracy Arm

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Throughout Tracy Arm, cascades streak down the towering cliffs, which can loom 1,220 meters above the waterline. None is more splendid than Hole in the Wall, a long, lacy torrent flowing down dark rock fringed by evergreens. Big ships maintain a...
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Sawyer Glacier, Alaska, USA
These twin massifs cap the end of the 48-kilometer Tracy Arm fjord. Their striking cobalt hue occurs thanks to the dense ice, which absorbs every other color in the spectrum and whose crystalline structure strongly scatters blue light. Larger...
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Around 18 kilometers east of Tracy Arm’s elbow, the S turns begin. Vessels have to slalom through these tight bends—an especially impressive feat of seamanship for large cruise ships. Here, it’s easy to see why naturalist John Muir rhapsodized...
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Immense spires of ice—some up to 60 meters high—crash from the tidewater glaciers into the saltwater fjord of Tracy Arm. Called calving by scientists and more poetically "white thunder" by the Tlingit, this action stirs up plankton and can inspire...
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Whales, bears, bald eagles and mountain goats are common sights, but nothing excites more squeals than newborn harbor seal pups resting on diamond-blue icebergs. These plump pinnipeds, which weigh about 24 pounds at birth, nurse for their first...