Glacier Bay on the Noordam

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#1
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We are doing the cruise on the Noordam from Vancouver to Seward, my question is about Glacier Bay. The itinerary says we are there from 7am to 4pm but no tours come up to book, does the boat dock or are we just cruising through.
#2
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It is a beautiful scenic cruise up to the glacier.


No docking anywhere along the route.


This is your chance to watch calving of the glaciers.


Check the daily program for when hot chocolate will be served around the ship as well as Dutch Pea Soup.
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#3
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Originally posted by Noels100
We are doing the cruise on the Noordam from Vancouver to Seward, my question is about Glacier Bay. The itinerary says we are there from 7am to 4pm but no tours come up to book, does the boat dock or are we just cruising through.
I was on this itinerary in July. Be prepared as it is cold on deck. We had temps in the upper 40s and then add the wind. Most of the actual glacier viewing is around lunchtime but nice scenery all day, especially that evening as you begin to cross over to Seward.

Enjoy!
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#4
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The bay is so large it takes the whole day to travel up and down with usually a one hour stop at the farthest glacier. The scenery is beautifull and wildlife can be seen from the ship, otters, whales, bears etc. Rangers join the ship at the beginning for wildlife spotting and narrative.
Make sure you are out and about, don't stay in your cabin. The bowdeck will be open and together with the aft pool deck and promenade is the best place for viewing. If it gets too cold for you the crowsnest is a good indoor alternative, but chairs will be difficult to come by after early morning.

Enjoy!

To give you an example, this is not on HAL and not my trip but it gives a good impression:

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu...1/glacier.html

The bay:


http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu...GlacierBay.jpg
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From Captain Albert, check captain on HAL, a recent narrative of glacier bay.

https://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/...er-bay-alaska/
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We cruised in May and it was much too cold for us to stand (or sit) outside all day. So we snagged a table and chairs next to the windows on the port side of the ship next to the Lido Pool. We got there at breakfast and had our seats all day. We could see everything out of the huge picture windows and we could hear the commentary from the Park Ranger as well. I got some great photos of the glaciers and we stayed warm.

If you are cruising later in the summer, the weather might be warm enough to spend all day outside (but, it might not.)
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Originally posted by GradUT
We cruised in May and it was much too cold for us to stand (or sit) outside all day. ...................
We were there in may as well on a back to back Vancouver-Seward-Vancouver and thus twice glacier bay. Boy it was cold, but with proper clothing I stayed outside almost all the time with an occasional short visit to my wife who had made basecamp in the crowsnest.
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Originally posted by SFO-F/A
Can you hear the commentary on your balcony? Or do we need to be in a public area or on deck?
I haven't gone yet (my trip is June 2018 in an SS suite), but I believe I read that you can hear it on a channel on the TV. Only bad part of that is having to leave the balcony door open.

Wonder if there will be a way to hook up a Bluetooth speaker to the new TVs once the suites are remodeled next year? Then we wouldn't have to leave the door open.
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Originally posted by Straitlover
Only bad part of that is having to leave the balcony door open.
Which is against the rules, so that won't work.

There are some balcony cabins that are close enough to outside public decks to be able to hear the commentary, but otherwise, it's necessary to go to public areas to hear.
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Originally posted by RuthC
Which is against the rules, so that won't work.
So was I right in saying that you can hear it on a TV channel? If so, then I guess we will have to sit inside the cabin in front of the balcony doors if Bluetooth speakers or headphones won't work.


We will go to the public areas some but not the whole day. Since we had to splurge on the suite for the three of us, I want to get my money's worth of the balcony . Personally I would ahve rather done an inside and saved the $$ for excursions, by cabinmates (sister and her BFF) disagreed. Besides, anything but the suite would have been tight quarters for the three of us! We did a regular balcony on Carnival and it was tight.
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Originally posted by jakkojakko
Make sure you are out and about, don't stay in your cabin.
How will the viewing be from one of the aft facing Neptune suites (with the wrap-around balconies)? I was hoping that with the wrap-around balcony we wouldn't have to worry about finding and holding seats anywhere and could come in/go out at our leisure.
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We did this last year and started off watching outside but later on moved to the Lido deck and watched from inside. The ship rotated and we sat there for a couple of hours or more simply watching the glaciers calf. I guess we were lucky because although it was early June the weather was warm and very little wind. It was a wonderful relaxing day.
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Originally posted by hhoope01
How will the viewing be from one of the aft facing Neptune suites (with the wrap-around balconies)? I was hoping that with the wrap-around balcony we wouldn't have to worry about finding and holding seats anywhere and could come in/go out at our leisure.
The view will be great but the pea soup will be served on the public decks. You'll be able to hear the cracking of the glacier without having people talking around you. Have a great cruise in your aft facing Neptune suite!
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Originally posted by hhoope01
How will the viewing be from one of the aft facing Neptune suites (with the wrap-around balconies)? I was hoping that with the wrap-around balcony we wouldn't have to worry about finding and holding seats anywhere and could come in/go out at our leisure.
We had an aft Neptune last May on the Noordam. With the wrap around you can double your time facing the glacier as the ship rotates. We were on 8th deck right below Lido Deck so we could hear the speakers from the Lido Deck. We were able to dress warmly and stay out of the wind for the most part. I was so excited about what I was seeing that I cannot remember if I was cold. I did run up and grab a couple of sandwiches for lunch.
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We´ve done Seward - Vancouver on the Zaandam in August. Here´s my review of Glacier Bay National Park (try google translate for translation).

We picked up the rangers by 9:30 am. There were two lectures at 10 and 10:30 am. After the lectures a table was set up in the Crow´s Nest with souvenirs and a stamp (they had pieces of paper available if you don´t have the National Park Passport). The narration started soon after. We went to Margerie Glacier and spent there more than an hour (turing around so everyone could see). The glacier was very active. The Eurodam has been there the same day but went to John Hopkins Glacier. By 4 pm the narration more or less ended. We passed by the South Marble Islands with the Steller Sea Lions during dinner.

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