Our first “Scenic Cruising” day on our Southbound Voyage of the Glaciers cruise began as a rather cloudy, drizzly day. There was a chill in the air as we cruised toward Yakutat Bay in route to the magnificent Hubbard Glacier. We’d seen Hubbard 3 other times on our SB Voyage of the Glaciers cruises, and she had always be shrouded in a mist and almost hard to make out. I’m excited to say that on this day, we experienced Hubbard like we had never experienced her before—yes, still in the mist BUT, the ship got so close to her this time, I almost felt like I could reach out and touch her face…OH how I wish I could have really done that.
Here is the outfit that I chose for this relaxing day on board the beautiful Coral Princess:
And here is the Princess Patter:
Chris and I spent the day just walking around the ship and relaxing, honesty. I did click off some pictures while we tootled around. 🙂
We were quite impressed with this violinist, he never once looked at a piece of music:
I believe we caught brunch at the IC (International Cafe) that day and then around 3:00pm, we made sure we were back in our Stateroom setting our video camera up on its tripod out on the balcony and making other preparations to sail up to Hubbard Glacier. We knew we were getting closer to Yakutat Bay when the Pilot came aboard to help navigate his local waters.
And then as we were very quietly sailing toward that massive wall of ice in the distance, our Naturalist’s commentary started…
Here we were on our balcony and at the ready to see the super-star of this day:
I am going to share a video that I created to try to bring you along with us on this day. After the video, I’ll share a plethora of pictures that we captured. As you’ll hear in the video, we’d never been as close as we eventually got to this glacier, it took my breath away, I was amazed, I was touched, and I was humbled. As I watched the ice bergs float by the ship bobbing up and down gently in the water and realizing that they were the size of small cars, as I took deep breaths of some of the freshest air ever, as I felt the air get chillier and chillier, I was again reminded just how small and insignificant we are compared to all of the massive beauty that was surrounding us at that moment in time. My memories are well ensconced in my mind and they are easily conjured up at a moment’s notice…Someone once asked me how I remember these moments so well, trust me, they are easily remembered when such times make such an intense impression in my heart and mind, Okay, I’ll stop yammering along and start sharing the magic of this day with you:
And here we go with a lot of the pictures that we captured:
What a magnificent show that beauty put on for us on that day!! As we were cruising away, I got a little twang in my belly…I do not know if I will ever be lucky enough to ever return to this gorgeous place, I remember stopping and saying a prayer of thanks for allowing us to once again bask in the absolute magnificence of Hubbard Glacier.
Chris and I stayed out on our balcony for a very, very long time on this evening. The skies cleared up and the mountains started to show themselves in all of their glory. Here are some shots that we took while we sailed away as the sun was shining on our little corner of the world at that moment in time; we were in awe:
As the sun set on this day, I was contently snuggled up in my nice warm jacket and just watching as the quiet of the evening engulfed me. I was calm, I was happy, I was contented, and as a tear of joy ran down my cheek (no really that really happened because I am such a sap) I once again “felt” Alaska.
Up next…our trip into Glacier Bay!! Sneak Peek:
**If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me…Psalm 139
~Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤