Monday, 4 September 2017 – Hubbard Glacier Cruising – Day 9

Monday, 4 September 2017 – Hubbard Glacier Cruising (Day 9) 

Today we are at sea – more relaxing.  After breakfast was in my “ball gown” ready for another session up on 10th deck – chatting, in the hot tub.

About 8.15am we will be entering Yakutat Bay and arrive to the most permissible point possible off the Hubbard Glacier.  This glacier is the largest tidewater glacier on the North American continent. It is located in the U.S. state of Alaska and also in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Standing at 11,000 feet above sea level, the glacier stretches 76 miles from its source in the Yukon to the sea at Yakutat Bay and Disenchantment Bay. It is the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska, with an open calving face over 6 miles wide.  Calving is when chunks of ice break off at the terminus, or end, of a glacier. Ice breaks because the forward motion of a glacier makes the terminus unstable. We call these resulting chunks of ice “icebergs.” The ship did a complete circle so as all passengers could see both sides.  Certainly a spectacular sight being as close as we were to the Glacier.

Hubbard Glacier

At 12.oo I went to a Diamond and Gemstone Seminar and met Ashley who was the presenter.  She was very knowledgeable.  More relaxation until 5.00pm and went to hear naturalist, Milos Radakovich discuss the powers that shaped Alaska, volcanos, glaciers and the building of continents and oceans.  This was a well presented seminar and fascinating to see how the continents split apart.

I didn’t get to see the dinner group tonight so there was only me at the table.  I ordered 4 delicious entrees (chilled shrimp cocktail, baked french onion soup, grilled asparagus salad and duck terrine) and a tiramasu.  This sounded a lot, but was just the right amount as I found that the main meals were too much if I wanted a dessert and of course I did.

All alone at dinner

Enjoyed a cocktail while I listened to the end of the Forster Duo once more and then to bed.

 

 

 

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