Originally posted by Ron Clark:
At Sawyer Glacier you'll see just two glaciers up Tracy Arm. Some cruise ships (none with NCL) sail to Hubbard Glacier, again you'll see just one glacier. But at Glacier Bay National Park, you'll be able to see over a dozen glaciers.
Since Glacier Bay is a National Park, there's a limit on the number of cruise ships that can enter, otherwise all the cruise ships will sail there.
The ships that sail to Glacier Bay spend most of a day there, sailing from one glacier to another, while those sailing to other glaciers spend an hour at most near a glacier.
So, what's best really depends on what you wish to do. Do you wish to spend an entire day cruising around glaciers, or just a few hours with more shore time at the ports for doing other activities.
Very interesting atatement Ron. Lets take a look at the Norwegian Pearl and Zuiderdam
NCL Pearl- Juneau 2PM-10PM=8hrs
Skagway 7AM-8PM =13HRS
Ketchikan 6AM-1:30PM-7 1/2HRS
Total time in three ports = 28 1/2HRS
Zuiderdam- Juneau 2:30pm-10:30pm=8HRS
Total time in three ports=28HRS
I would not call 1/2 hour at 6AM in the morning when nothing is open a significant difference in port time.
WayIgosailing- Please go to a cruise oriented Travel Agent that can go over all the differences between cruise lines and itineraries and match you with the right cruise line and ship. Alaska is a once in a lifetime trip for most people and it is important to do it right. Don't try figuring this out on your own. By the way, Glacier Bay is also known for having the most calving.