Glacier Bay, Alaska with Wendy Shattil
May 14, 2023 - May 24, 2023$6950
Imagine Glacier Bay as John Muir saw it in 1899, as a member of the legendary Harriman Expedition without the cruise ships that define the modern visitor’s experience. Glacier Bay is a World Heritage Site and one of the most unique places in the world. A visit should be on all of our life lists. No other place has the variety of animals and dramatic scenery so easily seen from our decks. Spring warmth brings bears out from hibernation, and they quickly seek the early growing grasses and sedges that fill the estuaries. Sea otters and harbor seals rest on floating icebergs, nesting kittiwake colonies dot the mountainsides and eagles patrol it all looking for food. Of course we’ll see the signature glaciers themselves, and spend time watching as they calve their leading edges into the sea.
Unlike the large cruise ships, we spend days rather than hours in Glacier Bay, drifting quietly up the inlets as only a small boat can do. We walk through meadows that aren’t even visible from the decks of the big ships, where we add our footprints to those of bears and wolves. We meander from cove to cove, seldom seeing another vessel, seldom sharing our quiet anchorages.
Join us aboard the M/V Westward, an 86-foot classic wooden boat designed by Ted Geary and built in 1923 to travel the Northwest coast to Alaska. Westward carries 12 passengers in comfort as well as a full complement of sea kayaks and a motorized inflatable to enable explorations both near and far to photograph this spectacular glacier and fjord landscape and its resident wildlife.
All in all, Glacier Bay is not to be missed, and early spring is the best time to see it!