Posted June 22nd, 2012, 08:29 PM
This was probably one of the best (yet extremely busy) days on this trip and in my lifetime. The ship was scheduled to sail through Tracy Arm in the morning and dock in Juneau in the afternoon.
Like I said before, we are the let’s see everything we can see type of people. So, we decided to book the excursion that allows you to get off of the ship (in the middle of the ocean) and take a smaller boat through the glaciers of Tracy Arm. This was booked through the ship (gasp!), because it was literally the only option for us.
The scenery on the way to our loading location is beautiful; so even though you may think you have a morning at sea, find a great spot (in the library!) to see the views on the way in.
Only about 50 people can book this excursion, so book it QUICK because it fills up super quick. We did this before we even left Texas. You board your boat, nice size, and it sails you through the nooks and crannies of Tracy Arm. This is absolutely AMAZING and I highly highly recommend doing this if you can afford the money (around $129 p/p I think).
Getting off of the ship
After the ship drops these passengers off, they make their way into Juneau and our boat meets them at the dock. We saw lots of wildlife: harbor seals, whales from a distance, and lots of seabirds. As far as scenery goes, up close glaciers (closer than you’ll see in Glacier Bay), icebergs, waterfalls, and beautiful mountains. I can’t say what the ship sees, but this was definitely up close and personal.
My group and other members on the boat had different opinions about the tour. After viewing Glacier Bay, they said that would have been enough without the Tracy Arm excursion, but personally they were pretty different. It’s just about preference, but I was very happy with the decision.
Sailing into Juneau
Weather report: Bundle up! The boat goes fast and it can be extremely cold. I wore a thermal under armour shirt, a fleece pull over, and a medium thick coat with a hood (used the hood, my ears froze), GLOVES, jeans, and my sturdy rain boots. We were in and out of the interior of the boat for free hot chocolate to warm us up. You’ll be amazed at the difference of the temperature on the outside of the ship than when you’re near the glaciers.