What a Rush! Alaskan Cruise Vacation, Day 3.

IMG_0226Well, It’s day 3 on the cruise, and I was up and raring to go by seven, but we took our time, unpacked the rest of the suitcases, and spent time on the balcony as we cruised along the absolutely gorgeous Alaskan coastline.  We had breakfast at the buffet, good food, a little noisy and busy, but like us, everyone was excited. I’d been told to expect cold, drizzly weather, and while it  it was really breezy up on deck, it was also incredibly clear and sunny. We did IMG_0250put on warmer clothing before going back to watch our entry into the bay housing the Hubbard Glacier. We opted to do so from the Cosmos Lounge, the largest bar at the front of the ship. This gave us a chance to have a drink while we watched the Hubbard glacier get bigger and bigger. There are no words to describe the incredible sight of the glacier. The  Hubbard Glacier is over 300 feet high and the bay in which the tidal glacier empties was filled with small floating icebergs. IMG_0257IMG_0265

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IMG_0313 We were lucky enough to see the glacier calve several times, a tough thing to get on film, but the thunderous sound produced by the act is something I’ll never forget. With each break, more and more silt and glacial ice was deposited in the water. At one point, the carpet of glacial leavings resembled a carpet, giving the illusion you might even be able to walk on it. It was strangeIMG_0331 to watch as the ice floes bubbled and shrank in the warmer–still several degrees colderIMG_0320 than anything I’d want to step into. As you can see from the picture, the silt oozes out of the glacial ice and muddies the ocean waters.

We spent a good hour revolving in the bat ensuring everyone had a chance to view the majestic glacier before slowly pulling out of the bay leaving the wall of aquamarine ice behind us. We had lunch on the pool deck with other friends from Cornwall before going back to our room to enjoy the sparkling wine and the on-going majestic mountains before getting ready for the first formal night. We’d decided earlier to attend the Captain’s Welcome in the theater. That’s the captain.

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The theater is a multi-level work of art. John and I enjoyed several performances IMG_0344the sitting in the fifth deck balcony.  Of course, since this was the first formal night, we made a point of having our picture taken twice–once with the image of the glacier in the background, and again in the dining room. Formal Night 1

Formal Night 2 I can’t say enough about the quality of the food or the attentive service provided by all the restaurant staff, but one thing will always stand out and that is the wonderful attention to detail provided by the sommelier, Fernando. I’ll never be able to hear the ABBA song again without thinking of him. He was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. He selected our bottle of wine each evening and believe me, there were no complaints on our part. Each wine was delicious.

So, that rounds out Day 3. Tomorrow, Day 4 is Juneau, our first port of call! See you then.

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About mhsusannematthews

Finally retired after more than 30 years as a teacher! Now, I get to spend my time gardening, enjoying my grandchildren, and writing. I finally completed the number one item in my bucket list and Crimson Romance published my first novel, Fire Angel, in April 2013. Since then I have sold 24 other manuscripts to date and don't plan to quit writing for a long time yet.
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