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Mike52 06-03-2008 11:58 AM

Just returned from our Alaska cruise. The entrance to Hubbard Glacier is blocked and all you get to see is a very small part of the glacier.

ajb2222 06-19-2008 11:57 AM

I just got back a few weeks ago. Our captain decided to go down ENdicot Arm and see Daws glacier. We got a great view with lots of calving.

Lil' Lori 06-19-2008 01:24 PM

Why is it blocked, from too much floating icebergs/chunks?? Just curious. Lil' Lori

spindle 07-01-2008 09:52 AM

What options are there if the Glacier is blocked? Would I have time to do my own excursion to get closer to a glacier area.

Dave 07-01-2008 12:04 PM

When a glacier is actively calving, it can put down so much ice that the fjord is hazardous to navigate. In our case last week we went to an alternate glacier (Dawes versus Sawyer) because Tracy Arm was blocked up pretty nicely. I think the captain said if we went there the closest we'd get would be miles away from the glacier.

The "glacier day" aboard ship is typically an at-sea day so you can't leave the ship in a quest for an excursion. But some of the ports do offer excursions to nearby glaciers.

CanCanCase 07-02-2008 08:28 AM

Dave (and others) Endicott Arm (and Dawes Glacier) is the other half of Holkam Bay, and in very close proximity to Tracy Arm. That's an easy substitution.

Hubbard Glacier is a bit of a different story. For one, there's not much else nearby, so a quick substitution if it's blocked is unlikely without several days of re-planning, port re-scheduling, etc.

Also, someone asked why it was blocked. Hubbard is advancing so rapidly (again) that one side of the glacier has almost completely blocked access to the bay. This isn't just heavy calving activity where the icebergs will clear with the next tide, it's an actual solid wall of ice and dirt pushing its way across the entrance to the bay. If the entrance is mostly blocked, the large cruise ships can't enter, and the most you'll get to see is a small corner of the glacier from several miles off. The real fear, however, is that if the bay is completely blocked, it will cause the sea water (salt) to spill over into the nearby Situk River (fresh) which would be catastrophic to the river, salmon, and life that depends on a clean river.


Dave 07-02-2008 08:49 AM

We bought a book aboard the ship that has a map and I saw where Endicott is almost like a stone's throw south of Tracy Arm.

That is really something about Hubbard! It would be awful to see the Situk River ecology destroyed by seawater.

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