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New ‘Up-Close Exploring’ Shore Excursion Introduced in Hubbard Glacier

Alaska offers unrivaled scenery and adventure among its narrow fjords, rugged mountains and verdant forests. Glaciers loom over the sea like towers of blue ice while migrating whales can be spotted surfacing to exhale jets of spray. Whether it’s cruising in Glacier Bay to Margerie Glacier, in Tracy Arm to the Twin Sawyer Glaciers, or to Hubbard Glacier, most of the time, glacier viewing is a day spent scenic cruising aboard your Holland America Line ship. Until now.

Holland America Line is excited to introduce a new shore excursion in Hubbard Glacier, “Up-Close Exploring: Hubbard Glacier & Enchanting Disenchantment Bay”, that takes our guests off the ship and into Alaska’s longest tidewater glacier.

Catamaran with scenery

Board an Alaskan-built expedition vessel directly from the ship for stunning, unmatched perspective of Hubbard Glacier — one of Alaska’s most famous landmarks. From the mouth of Disenchantment Bay, cruise in comfort amid shimmering icebergs and dramatic wilderness as the naturalist and crew orient you to the stunning scenery and prolific wildlife.

A raft of sea otters

You’ll cruise near the rocky shoreline and weave through a maze of icebergs that have fallen from the face of the glacier — the perspective from the smaller vessel is astounding and memorable. Binoculars will be provided onboard for optimal viewing of every detail.

Ice conditions permitting, the captain will navigate the narrow cut between Haenke Island and the mainland en route to Hubbard Glacier. Offering a variety of viewing angles for photos and video, this “river of ice” is often very active, calving icebergs with an almighty crash. Unlike many other glaciers, Hubbard Glacier is advancing. At times, this advance has been up to seven feet a day, earning it the nickname “The Galloping Glacier.”

Along the glacially carved coastlines, an endless expanse of spruce and hemlock trees, snowcapped mountains and glaciers are the subject of the naturalist’s compelling narration. On a clear day, you may see Mount St. Elias — the second tallest peak in the United States. You’ll also have the chance to snap a unique photo of your Holland America Line ship, which also stops within view of Hubbard Glacier and will be in sight during the excursion.

Don’t delay in booking this tour, and it’s one-of-a-kind and certain to be popular!

  • Robert Sarvey

    The cruise director needs to get on the Ball and make sure the warrior Toronto game is broadcast. This 21 day cruise to Alaska cruise left from San Francisco and warrior fans are hopping mad that the ship will not have the warrior game telecast. PLEASE HELP

  • Julie

    Hi Robert, Unfortunately it’s not the cruise director’s decision. It’s a licensing factor with the network. I will look into this.

  • Dee

    Could I have some feedback on this, please? We are taking the 18 May 2020 sailing and it will be my husband’s birthday on the day we sail the Hubbard Glacier, so I do want to ensure he gets the most memorable experience. How long is the smaller vessel cruise? Will we still have time onboard the main vessel (Maasdam) to view the Glacier as well?
    Thank you!

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