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Cruises to Glacier Bay

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Glacier Bay (Photo:Maridav/Shutterstock)

About Glacier Bay

Photos don't do justice for Glacier Bay National Park. One of the most sought-after spots on Alaska's Inside Passage, Glacier Bay comprises ever-changing glaciers (including one of the most photogenic, Margerie Glacier), sheltered fjords, rainforests and an abundance of wildlife.

Many cruise itineraries include Glacier Bay, although the experience varies depending on the cruise line, ship and time spent within the bay, as it is regulated and cruise ships don't actually dock in the National Park. Guides also are required to be present on every ship.

While navigating through the park, keep your camera handy at all times. Glacier Bay is a popular hangout for humpback whales; grizzly, brown and black bears; sea otters; bald eagles; and more -- and there's a good chance you'll spot at least one of them.

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Norwegian Sun
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Norwegian Sun

9 Night
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2,215 Reviews
Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
$944*pp
$105/night • inside Cabin

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Norwegian Jewel
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Norwegian Jewel

7 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Jewel

7 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Jewel

7 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Spirit

16 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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Ruby Princess

10 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

Princess

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Norwegian Spirit

16 Night
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Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Jewel

10 Night
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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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Ruby Princess

10 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

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Sapphire Princess

14 Night
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1,054 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

Princess

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Emerald Princess

7 Night
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Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

Princess

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Grand Princess

14 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Majestic Princess

14 Night
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444 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

Princess

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Grand Princess

7 Night
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Leaving:Whittier
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Eurodam

7 Night
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Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Majestic Princess

7 Night
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Leaving:Whittier
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

Princess

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Sapphire Princess

12 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

Princess

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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night
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Leaving:Whittier
Cruise Line:Holland America Line

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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line

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Sapphire Princess

7 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises

Princess

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Noordam

7 Night
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Leaving:Whittier
Cruise Line:Holland America Line

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Norwegian Encore

7 Night
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Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

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Grand Princess

12 Night
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Princess

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Queen Elizabeth

29 Night
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Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Cunard Line

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Why go to Glacier Bay?

Pros:

Glacier Bay is considered one of the best areas of the Inside Passage for glacier and wildlife viewing

Cons:

This port is heavily reliant upon weather; a cloudy, wet day could put a damper on scenic sailing

Bottom Line:

As with most Alaska ports, your experience could be life-changing or rained out; be prepared


Glacier Bay Cruise Reviews
Boat did circles so both sides of the ship could see the bay from their balconies.... Read More
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arizoncarl1
The ship cruises Glacier Bay and turns around so all sides of the ship have a good view. Keep camera handy for glacier calfing... Read More
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Lee99
Beautiful area and sad to see how they are quickly melting. Park ranger was brought onboard to navigate the time in Glacier Bay.... Read More
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Pamphockey
This day is spent on the boat traveling through Glacier Bay. This is the only cruiseline that will spend the night in Glacier Bay. While in the bay we saw a variety of wildlife. The ship has a variety of good... Read More
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