Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay was originally discovered by John Muir in 1879 and was proclaimed a U.S. national monument in 1925. The world’s largest protected marine sanctuary, Glacier Bay National Park Preserve has become one of the most popular points of interest for visitors to Alaska. Located in the southeast region, near the capitol city of Juneau, the park includes 16 tidewater glaciers, 30 valley glaciers and a surrounding area of 3.3 million acres, attracting not only tourists wishing to catch a calving glacier up close and personal, but geologists and scientists interested in studying what are thought to be the fastest moving glaciers in the world. Glacier Bay is home to an endless array of both animal and plant life. It is common for visitors to see humpback whales, Stellar sea lions, seabirds and bears or moose.
The park averages 380,000 visitors a year, with major cruise lines such as Princess, Holland America and Norwegian Cruise Lines offering varied packages. Smaller lines such as Cruise West or Linblad Expeditions also offer cruises through the bay. Each ship entering the bay has a park ranger board to give a running commentary and presentations about the history, natural phenomena and wildlife of the park, a special addition that makes for an informative cruise.
Alaska cruises that visit Glacier Bay National Park:
Carnival Cruise Line:
• Carnival Miracle
Holland America Line:
• ms Amsterdam, ms Statendam, ms Volendam, ms Westerdam, ms Zaandam, ms Zuiderdam
• Coral Princess, Diamond Princess, Grand Princess, Island Princess, Sapphire Princess, Star Princess
Additional Glacier Bay National Park cruise information:
• Glacier Bay National Park NPS Web Site
Official National Park Service web site for Glacier Bay National Park. This site has a great deal of information including photos, videos, history, culture and trip planning tips.