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Just returned from our B2B Alaska cruises on Celebrity Millennium. We had two beautiful days at Hubbard (5/17 & 5/19) -- both days the weather was nice with blue skies and lots of calving, On 5/17 we got within a mile of Hubbard and the second time we got within 1/2 mile. What a wonderful experience to behold.

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That is great! Hopefully Hubbard will be accessible all season.

 

I can't believe how lucky we were to get in and get so close. I hope everyone has the same luck as we did.

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I can't believe how lucky we were to get in and get so close. I hope everyone has the same luck as we did.

 

The one time I got really close, it was not blue skies. My pictures are sort of a washed out look.

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I just saw that Princess has small boat rides to Hubbard glacier now. That would be amazing.

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Where? When? I’ll be there next week, but no Hubbard excursions are available on the personalizer. I would love a small boat ride.

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Hubbard Glacier is my favorite Alaskan glacier. In my opinion, its majesty exceeds many glaciers in other parts of the world, such as the fjords of Chile.

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I just saw that Princess has small boat rides to Hubbard glacier now. That would be amazing.

 

We go B2B on Princess next year -- Voyage of the Glaciers. More details please on the small boat rides!

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Just checked my June 2019 southbound cruise which includes Hubbard Glacier but the itinerary only shows "Scenic cruising." Will have to keep my eyes and ears opened for more information. Thanks Coral for your post....sure hope this excursion becomes a reality. :)

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Hi, we will be on the Millennium this August and noticed that they had a 3 hour small boat cruise while at Hubbard Glacier as a “shore excursion”. Expensive. Just wondering if anyone else has done this and if it’s worth it?

 

Any idea on how many people the boat(s) take? Don’t want to the crowded into a small boat struggling with crowds for a view or photo ops. . Thanks!

 

 

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Hi, we will be on the Millennium this August and noticed that they had a 3 hour small boat cruise while at Hubbard Glacier as a “shore excursion”. Expensive. Just wondering if anyone else has done this and if it’s worth it?

 

Any idea on how many people the boat(s) take? Don’t want to the crowded into a small boat struggling with crowds for a view or photo ops. . Thanks!

 

 

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We just did a B2B cruise on the Millennium to Alaska and didn't see a shore excursion for Hubbard. Where did you find this??? If the excursion is listed under the excursions can you please cut and paste the information here --- if so, this must be something new as I have cruised the Millennium to Alaska 10 times and have never seen this type of excursion. Wonder if this is something new the cruise lines are trying out.

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Celebrity has the exact same excursion available on the Millennium this summer. We pre-booked our big money excursion on the 5 Glacier Sea Plane Tour. Maybe I should reconsider.

 

Wow - I actually don't know what to do right now - but poll the family.

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I'm thinking this is a new excursion without a "track record." If so, can't wait to hear the comments after someone has taken it.

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I'm thinking this is a new excursion without a "track record." If so, can't wait to hear the comments after someone has taken it.

 

Well, I'll be on it in two weeks (June 14) and will post a review. We traded in the $229 a person 5-Glacier Sea Plane excursion for the $269 per person Hubbard Glacier excursion.

 

Overview

 

Your journey into wild Alaska begins the moment you board the tour vessel. Relax in the warm, comfortable cabin, surrounded by large windows, as an onboard naturalist provides compelling narration about the wildlife, geography and glaciers of the area. The waters and wilderness of this region are home to an abundance of marine wildlife, including various whale species, sea lions, sea otters and porpoises, and land animals including wolves, moose, black bears, and coastal brown bears. The maneuverable, shallow-draft tour vessel provides a chance for up-close encounters and best photo opportunities of the area's animal species, in addition to exploration of the shoreline and islands. Throughout your tour, enjoy the dramatic vistas of rocky coastlines shaped by the mighty Pacific Ocean, and endless expanses of rainforest and snow-capped mountains. As you approach Hubbard Glacier, the experience captain will weave your tour vessel through a maze of icebergs, some multiple stories tall, making for amazing photos. The Hubbard Glacier is often very active, and dramatic displays of calving – one of Mother Nature's most impressive shows – can occur at any time. All in all, this tour makes for an unforgettable experience, and quite possibly, the wildlife encounter of a lifetime. HG02

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Well, I'll be on it in two weeks (June 14) and will post a review. We traded in the $229 a person 5-Glacier Sea Plane excursion for the $269 per person Hubbard Glacier excursion.

 

 

We can't wait to hear your report!

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Thanks for the information and volunteering to get back to us. Like Coral, I am also anxious to hear your report. Please let us also know the name of the vendor --- I am wondering if it will be Allen Marine.

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Thanks for the information and volunteering to get back to us. Like Coral, I am also anxious to hear your report. Please let us also know the name of the vendor --- I am wondering if it will be Allen Marine.

 

I'll try to find out the name of the vendor. I'll also take some pictures, but those will be taken on an iPhone 8 or GoPro.

 

Celebrity is charging $9 more per person than Celebrity ($269 to $259.95) for what looks like the same excursion. My biggest concern is the overcrowding of the craft which could make it tough for great views. I'll take pictures of the inside and outside and post them the week of June 17.

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I'll try to find out the name of the vendor. I'll also take some pictures, but those will be taken on an iPhone 8 or GoPro.

 

Celebrity is charging $9 more per person than Celebrity ($269 to $259.95) for what looks like the same excursion. My biggest concern is the overcrowding of the craft which could make it tough for great views. I'll take pictures of the inside and outside and post them the week of June 17.

 

Celebrity always seems more expensive than Princess. I sailed both lines a month from each other and everything was more expensive (same shore excursions, same transfers, drinks, etc...)....

 

I don't think you will have crowding issues. We are looking forward to your report.

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I looked at a friends Princess booking for September and it is not an option on her sailing.

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I am so confused. I went to my cruise personalizer on the Island Princess southbound, and there is no green (schedule an excursion area) it only states cruising only just like glacier bay. Do I need to call to see if it is available for our cruise? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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I am so confused. I went to my cruise personalizer on the Island Princess southbound, and there is no green (schedule an excursion area) it only states cruising only just like glacier bay. Do I need to call to see if it is available for our cruise? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

It would be on the cruise personalizer if it was available.

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We just did a B2B cruise on the Millennium to Alaska and didn't see a shore excursion for Hubbard. Where did you find this??? If the excursion is listed under the excursions can you please cut and paste the information here --- if so, this must be something new as I have cruised the Millennium to Alaska 10 times and have never seen this type of excursion. Wonder if this is something new the cruise lines are trying out.

 

 

 

Hi Italy52

 

I saw someone else copied some of the text from Celebrity regarding the Hubbard Glacier “shore excursion”. Here is the rest of the text. I had to log into Celebrity and it was under the Cruise Planner shore excursions for Day 2 Hubbard Glacier (Crusing) - $344CAD/pp

 

Highlights

- Explore wild Alaska and search for wildlife both in the sea and on land, from whales and porpoises, to bears and moose.

- Marvel at jaw-dropping panoramas of temperate rainforest, snowcapped mountains, abundant icebergs and dramatic coastline.

- An onboard naturalist will talk about the local wildlife and geographic features of the area, complementing the visual experience of the tour.

- Enjoy the detours and stops along the way to take amazing photographs and soak in scenery impossible to view from a cruise ship.

 

What To Bring

SeaPass card and photo identification

Camera

Cash/credit cards

 

What To Wear

Comfortable walking shoes

Warm, layered clothing

Light rain jacket

 

Important Notes

Guests with limited mobility and wheelchair-dependent guests should not select this tour, as they must navigate a number of stairs, moving platforms and a narrow door threshold with little to no assistance.

Complimentary beverages included onboard the tour vessel: hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and water. Additional beverages are available for purchase.

 

This tour operates in all weather conditions.

Wildlife sightings are frequent, but not guaranteed.

 

Advisements

Light Snack / Refreshment

 

 

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Someone asked about it on this thread and I found the excursion on Princess's website:

 

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2639160

 

Don't know much more.

 

I'm curious as to the details here. They pick you up from the cruise ship off the mouth of Yakutat Bay? Do they drop you at the same place later? Plus, providing you a great tour of everything there about. I'm guessing that they drop you off on your ship after it has arrived near Hubbard and is getting ready to return. If not, I can't visualize how they would be able to provide all that in only three hours. For instance, it is about a 72 mile round trip to the glacier from near Yakutat, there is no way they are going to make a roundtrip in that short of time, let alone see anything.

 

 

Even if they drop you off on your vessel after it is getting ready to depart Disenchantment Bay, it still seems like not enough time.

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I'm curious as to the details here. They pick you up from the cruise ship off the mouth of Yakutat Bay? Do they drop you at the same place later? Plus, providing you a great tour of everything there about. I'm guessing that they drop you off on your ship after it has arrived near Hubbard and is getting ready to return. If not, I can't visualize how they would be able to provide all that in only three hours. For instance, it is about a 72 mile round trip to the glacier from near Yakutat, there is no way they are going to make a roundtrip in that short of time, let alone see anything.

 

 

Even if they drop you off on your vessel after it is getting ready to depart Disenchantment Bay, it still seems like not enough time.

 

The cruise line told me that when they do Hubbard Glacier, the ship turns so both sides can view the glacier straight on from their balconies. If the ship turns, it would give the smaller crafts time to catch up.

 

I'll post a review here in less than three week, probably from our hotel in Seward on the 15th.

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Thanks Hubofhockey. Looking forward to your take on the Hubbard Glacier expedition.... no pressure, hahaha! Will decide whether to stick with our booking or cancel and watch from our balcony. My only concern is I think I’ve heard that it’s a crap shoot how close the cruise ship gets to the glacier, depending on conditions, how many other cruise ships are there, etc. Anyone have any other feedback about how close cruise ships can get?

 

 

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SCrozier, as I mentioned in the beginning of this thread, we got real close to the face of Hubbard for our two cruises. I just saw another comment from another cruiser (different line) who said they got close. Perhaps this year will turn out to be a good one for viewing at Hubbard.

 

 

Make sure to spend some time out on deck when viewing Hubbard --- you won't regret it. Viewing Hubbard from a balcony can be limiting at times --- I would hate for you to miss some calving action should it happen.

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The cruise line told me that when they do Hubbard Glacier, the ship turns so both sides can view the glacier straight on from their balconies. If the ship turns, it would give the smaller crafts time to catch up.

 

I'll post a review here in less than three week, probably from our hotel in Seward on the 15th.

Yes. Please post. This excursion just popped up for my June 15 cruise. I would love your feedback before we take off.

 

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I'll see if I can get some pictures up overnight on the 15th and post my first impressions on the 14th, the day of the excursion.

 

The weird thing is that we're doing the Hubbard Glacier excursion on the 14th and Major Marine Kenai Fjords 7.5 hour cruise on the 15th. I'm hoping that they are totally different. On the 16th, we're doing kayaking from Seward around Bear Glacier.

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I'll see if I can get some pictures up overnight on the 15th and post my first impressions on the 14th, the day of the excursion.

 

The weird thing is that we're doing the Hubbard Glacier excursion on the 14th and Major Marine Kenai Fjords 7.5 hour cruise on the 15th. I'm hoping that they are totally different. On the 16th, we're doing kayaking from Seward around Bear Glacier.

 

They are different in the fact that while both will offer glacier viewing (and hopefully, calving), Kenai Fjords will have more wildlife than your Hubbard visit. I don't think you will be disappointed with your KF choice. On another note, during the times we have been iced out of Hubbard, we did see glacier calving with the KF tour. So doubling your options can be a good thing.

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It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Seems a bit pricey although apparently worth it based on the description. Expectations will be high.

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I was at Hubbard last week on Oceania. We didn't have any excursions offered there, and I can't really see how an excursion on a largish or smallish ship would work. It was a long way from the entrance at Yakutat to the face of the glacier. We were a bit disappointed when we first got there because it was very foggy and visibility was limited. It was raining and misting a bit as well. I stayed up on top but wished I had gone to a lower, sheltered place to take pictures. A lower vantage point may have made my pictures more impressive as well (not sure). The ship turned around very slowly a couple times, pausing around 30 minutes so people on each side of the ship could see the glacier easily. After about an hour the fog cleared up quite a bit and it was a lot easier to see the different colors. We stayed there for at least 45 minutes after that, and in the end were 3/4ths mile from the glacier There was calving going on, although sometimes you could hear it but not see it. There was no naturalist on board, but the cruise director gave some narration.

 

I don't think more than one ship is allowed into the area at a time. I'm pretty sure every cruise line spends time there and turns around while there. We didn't see any other ships, Zodiacs, etc. there when we visited.

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The weird thing is that we're doing the Hubbard Glacier excursion on the 14th and Major Marine Kenai Fjords 7.5 hour cruise on the 15th. I'm hoping that they are totally different. On the 16th, we're doing kayaking from Seward around Bear Glacier.

 

 

Of course, the 2 boat tours are completely different. Hubbard Glacier is one big face, they may also sail you by the point to the sea lion rookery that I always see.

 

A Kenai Fjords boat tour is much more. However, a Bear Glacier kayak trip is so so at best, compared to an Aialik trip. I see it as kind of a beginner trip.

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Of course, the 2 boat tours are completely different. Hubbard Glacier is one big face, they may also sail you by the point to the sea lion rookery that I always see.

 

A Kenai Fjords boat tour is much more. However, a Bear Glacier kayak trip is so so at best, compared to an Aialik trip. I see it as kind of a beginner trip.

 

So-So at best, but, it does get amazing reviews on Trip Advisor. So many say it's the best thing they did in Alaska. It's a bit disappointing that you're down on it. Not too many write about it on Cruise Critic. We really aren't too experienced when it comes to kayaking, so maybe that's for the best.

 

They are advertising Hubbard Glacier as also wildlife viewing, including whales, sea lions, otters, black bears, and brown bears. It is what it is and I'll find out in about 10 days. If it's just a closer look at one big face of a glacier, maybe that would be disappointing.

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So-So at best, but, it does get amazing reviews on Trip Advisor. So many say it's the best thing they did in Alaska. It's a bit disappointing that you're down on it. Not too many write about it on Cruise Critic. We really aren't too experienced when it comes to kayaking, so maybe that's for the best.

 

They are advertising Hubbard Glacier as also wildlife viewing, including whales, sea lions, otters, black bears, and brown bears. It is what it is and I'll find out in about 10 days. If it's just a closer look at one big face of a glacier, maybe that would be disappointing.

 

I've done both kayak trips.

 

As for the wildlife at Hubbard- I always see the sea lions and many times sea otters- which are tough to see since they are skiddish. Also, sometimes harbor seals.

 

But the bear viewing is a big if and pure chance. I've see bears- once in the bay, out of at least 30 trips :) And I am intent on looking, spending hours scanning, commonly from shortly after entering. until leaving (frequently when no one else is out).

 

Be sure to have your binoculars with you. Have a great time.

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My 12X binoculars may not get it done. I suppose my expectations should just be up close at the glacier and all else is a bonus. It's not as if they can really promise more. Leaving for Vancouver tomorrow and definitely excited.

 

With the kayak tour, Liquid Adventures has the full day Aialak tour. There is no way we could do that and the 1/2 day trip for beginners will be enough for us. We're pretty excited for Bear Lake and riding through the icebergs and getting close. Now, I'm at the point of checking weather forecasts and hoping we get to carry out the plans.

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