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Cruising Alaska:
Celebrity Infinity ("Ultimate Alaska" 11-Night)

by Murray Lundberg


Cruise Day 8: Hubbard Glacier

Page 1, & Trip Index

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Monday, May 17: What a scene to start the day! Just west of Mount Fairweather at 04:56 this morning. You may have noticed that I'm not sleeping much - there's just too much to see and do (Cathy is getting lots of sleep, though).

This is where my days start - the 24-hour coffee station in the Oceanview Cafe. This was shot at 05:10.

The Oceanview Cafe at 05:50. The curved bar is for ice cream picked up just to the right out of the picture. The thing on the pole at the right is a hand sanitizer - once more people start coming, a crew member is stationed there and anyone who doesn't use it has a bottle of sanitizer held out in front of them. We really appreciate the fact that Celebrity goes to such lengths to keep us safe.

The custom-cooked egg and omelette station in the Oceanview Cafe - the main buffet line has ready-mades.

My smoked salmon omelette, almost ready - yuuum!

The visibility was getting quite low by the time we reached the mouth of Yakutat Bay.

The Malaspina Glacier doesn't look like much from sea level - only from the air can you see the vastness of it. Fed by some 25 tributary glaciers, it`s the largest piedmont glacier in North America.

The folks from our online group got invited to a get-together in one of the Penthouse Suites on the aft corner of Deck 6. Very nice! This is a photo of the group taken by the butler, Nelson.

The outdoor jacuzzi tub on the wrap-around deck.

The main living/entertaining area of the penthouse.

The main bathroom of the penthouse. There's only 1 bedroom and bed, but what a place for a party with 50 or 60 of your closest friends

A large iceberg - there was so much ice in the water that at one point it looked like we weren't going to get very close to the glacier at all, but then the captain seemed to decide that he had found a safe way through and we made it another mile or so.

Set up for one of the regular art auctions.

The helicopter pad on Deck 5 was opened for viewing the glacier and was a popular spot.

Hubbard Glacier - glacier viewing just doesn't get any more impressive than this. Despite all the ice in the water, there was very little calving today, though.

Hubbard is getting close to damming off Russel Fjord again, and is being monitored by a helicopter-supported glaciologist team camped on that rocky point.

ot chocolate with just a drop (or 2 perhaps!) of Drambuie helps keep you warm on glacier viewing day!

My presentation on gold rushes was done to a nearly-empty theatre - it's tough to compete with Hubbard Glacier on a sunny day! I was actually surprised that even 30 people showed up!

The view of Disenchantment Bay from our cabin as we sailed away from Hubbard Glacier.

A near-perfect view of Mount St. Elias is very rare. The peak is right on the US-Canada border, and is the second highest mountain in both Alaska and Canada.

A fishboat heading for Yakutat.



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