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SailorJack

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  1. Our first Glacier! Up close and personal. Those of you who may remember my review of our cruise on Norwegian's Dream may recall what a disaster that cruise was (in a fun way).In an effort to offset some of the unfortunate occurrences on that cruise, the Captain pulled into a bay where a glacier was emptying into the sea and sent a boat out to capture a recently calved small iceberg. They brought the iceberg aboard the ship and the drinks that night were cooled by thousand year old ice. Ever since then I have had a "thing" about glaciers - so, one more picture.
  2. One of the more interesting questions asked of our narrator was "what are those little pebbles and rocks." The answer - those were carried there by the glacier and left behind when it melted. The next question involved the red stains running down the rocks. Probably iron deposits left from water as it ran down the cliffs. The first of many small waterfalls from the melting snow and glaciers.
  3. One of the more interesting facets of the scenery was the fact that there was no bushes, trees, or other vegetation. Just occasional patches of lichen. And the occasional sculpture.
  4. LOL Pictures can't capture the adventure you are going to have - from seeing the geyser stream into the sky, the water plunging over the cliffs, or the ice breaking away from the glacier and falling into the sea to become an iceberg. That and a hundred other things you are going to see that is invisible to a camera. I am impressed that you can wait till next year to do it!
  5. The rock formations were constantly changing and morphing into interesting shapes. Another passing iceberg outlined in the early morning sun. We passed a number of little inlets and bays.
  6. The birth of more icebergs. This is a secret US weather station code named Bluie East One that was set up in WWII to provide weather updates to ships passing Greenland. It was these towers attached to the weather station that picked up the distress call from the MS Hans Hedtoft in 1959. The Hedtoft went down with 95 passengers and crew and was never found. The only piece of wreckage ever found from the ship was a single life belt. As of this date it is the last known ship sunk by an iceberg with casualties. What is really amazing that we are still in the entrance to Prince William Sound and have seen all of this already!
  7. Glad to have you along. Hope you are enjoying the photos. Jack
  8. Simply stunning scenery along the passage. Note the snow covered mountains in the background. We were told that the waters of the passage warm the coast and keep snow at a minimum. Except for those places that are in perpetual shade. Another iceberg makes its way out into the passage.
  9. Icebergs! Many of the icebergs we will see on this passage come from glaciers calving. We actually were able to witness the creation of an iceberg when pieces of the glacier split off and fell into the sea. Jill was later able to get a video of one doing just that. A couple of recently created icebergs that had not yet made it out to sea.
  10. We normally book a cruise a couple of months before sail date. I can't imagine the anticipation of waiting more than a year. That has to be pretty exciting. You have a lot to look forward to. Jack
  11. We are entering Prince Christian Sound and will be in it for a while as we have to go slow do to currents ( it is only 1,600 feet wide in spots) and icebergs. It is 60 miles long and separates the mainland from Christian IV Island. It feels like everyone is up on deck to see the sights. We are told that this is a glacier and we will see where it enters the ocean later on. Lots of hills and shoreline areas are snow free,
  12. We are entering the Prince Christian Sound - an event we have all been anticipating. Our first iceberg! The snow and ice cap in the background is a hint of what is to come.
  13. Our last views of Iceland.... ….And our first view of Greenland and the fabled Prince Christian Sound - which will turn out to be one of the stunning passages we have taken on a cruise.
  14. We are in Reykjavik and before heading to the ship we want to check our email and have been told that the city hall has free wi-fi ( It did and connections were great). City Hall sits in the middle of a lake and this first photo is from the bridge that leads out to city hall. City Hall. Not much to look at from the outside, but it was very nice inside. Looking out over the lake from inside City Hall. City Hall was specifically designed to attract wild life to the town center - hence the setting. That is rain drops (of course) on the window.
  15. It is a really good tour - gives you a real feeling about Iceland's attractions. But for the life of me I don't remember how much it cost. I had a boatload (no pun intended) of OBC so used some of it for the ship's tour. Ergo, no credit card statements to refer to. I think it may have been somewhere between $150 and $200, but just don't remember. Jack
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