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Visit Glacier Bay National Park

When Capt. George Vancouver sailed into ice-choked Icy Strait more than two centuries ago, Glacier Bay was little more than a dent in a mountain of ice. By the time John Muir visited the area in 1879, the ice had retreated more than 30 miles, creating a beautiful bay. Today, the waterway stretches for 65 miles and contains 50 named glaciers and seven active tidewater glaciers, more than any other place in the world.

Most ships pause in front of several glaciers to give passengers a chance to see calving (ice breaking off the glacier). Humpback whales feed in the bay’s nutrient-rich waters, harbor seals float on icebergs, and comical puffins dive in the cold waters. The naturalists, who usually spend the day onboard, give talks, show slides and sell books about the 3.2-million-acre park.

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