Friday, June 13, 2008

Alaskan Cruise Day 7 More

Leaving Glacier Bay, the ship started across the Gulf of Alaska towards Prince William Sound. I woke up about 2:00 a.m. with the ship pitching and creaking more than any time since we started the cruise. I peeked out the window at what looked like a 6 foot sea.

The bulk of this day was spent at sea. Jack discovered the kids program in the last couple of days. After breakfast, he headed to the kids program and Sharon headed to the spa. Sharon did a yoga class, a spin class and then went to a lecture. I ran 6 miles on the treadmill watching the second round of the U.S. Open.

After getting together for lunch, we went our separate ways again. Jack went back to the kids program, while Sharon went back to the spa for another program. I read my book and lounged in the cabin and on the deck.

The ship got to College Fjord about 5:00 p.m. After Glacier Bay, I did not think that I would be that impressed, but this was also a very unique experience. Sailing into the fjord, we saw about six bears eating and wandering on the shoreline.

We sailed past the Wellesley, Vassar, Bryn Mawr and Smith Glaciers. At the end of the fjord is the Harvard Glacier. This glacier is more than a mile wide. The ship sailed up into the ice in front of the glacier than then turned around. There were a number of seals on the ice. Like Glacier Bay, you could hear sounds like thunder coming from the glaciers, but we only saw some minor calving of the glaciers. In some ways, I enjoyed College Fjord more than Glacier Bay. It was much more intimate.

We hurried back to the cabin and got ready for our last dinner on the ship. We ate in the International Dining Room. Jack had prime rib, Sharon had turkey and I had sea scallops. This is our last dinner on the ship!

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