If you are visiting Alaska a trip into Glacier Bay is a once in a lifetime experience. We stopped to pick up a park ranger (Glacier Bay is a national park) around 8am. She narrated our trip into the bay, pointing out interesting things along the way. “Look, at 2 o’clock, there are some mountain goats. See those little white dots half way up the mountain. There they are,” she would tell us. Unfortunately, I was did not see any goats or bears or any wild life. What I did see was nature; rivers of ice, mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, clouds and mist. I did my best to capture it for you.
Lets start with a photo taken from my seat in the Explorations Cafe, as we entered the bay.
Our first day on board the Noordam was a relaxing one as we cruised the Gulf of Alaska in route to Glacier Bay. We decided to take our time in the morning and have a leisurely coffee in the Explorations Cafe. Then we were off to take some photos of the ship and a selection of its art work. The ship is designed in muted colors and the day was rainy. Many of the photos are on the dark side for which I apologize. I still think they provide an accurate reflection of the ship and its art.
Lets start our tour in the Lido Market. We have always felt that Holland America had an outstanding buffet and the Noordam did not let us down. There was plenty to choose among from Asian, to Italian with multiple pizzas to choose from, sandwiches and so much more. No table stayed dirty for long, as busy boys were numerous and attentive. Here are a couple of shots of the Lido.