Glacier Bay National Park Senic Cruising: How does it feel when a monumental chunck of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder, and the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. You hold your break as you catch the moment of film. Glacier Bay has more aactively calving glaciers than anywhere else in the world.
Glacier Bay is also home to an amazing assortment of marine life, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises and harbor seals.
The number of cruise ships that can enter Glacier Bay are restricted. Holland America and Princess have the majority of ships that can cruise into Glacier Bay National Park.
Inside Passage Cruising: Carved by glaciers and blanketed with majestic hemlock and spruce, Alaska's 'panhandle' rivals Scandinavia for pristine water mountain views. A leisurely cruise among the fjords and forested islands of the Inside Passage takes you into prime habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoise, and whales.
The Inside Passage of southeast Alaska is the home of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Indians - you'll see their rich heritage reflected in dramatic totem poles and other Native arts. Russian setters left a legacy on onion-domed churches gleaming with icons and gold. Prospectors, lumberjacks, and fishermen, have added to the complex tapestry of Inside Passage history and culture.
Like the coastal Indians that paddled cedar canoes along Inside Passage waterways, modern travelers use Alaska state ferries to connect port with port. Large and small cruiseships, charter boats, and private yachts call at picturesque towns and scenic wonderlands like Misty Fjords National Monument, Tracy Arm, and Glacier Bay. Highway access from the contiguous states comes at Haines, Skagway, and the friendly ghost town of Hyder, on the British Columbia border.