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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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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Glacier Bay

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Juneau, Skagway ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Glacier Bay Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Juneau
    • Day 4
      Skagway
    • Day 5
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 6
      Ketchikan
    • Day 7
      Victoria
    • Day 8
      Seattle
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    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    Eve4567
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Could be WAY better
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    Paulgormley
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Interesting choice of islands to visit
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Glacier Bay

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Glacier Bay Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Inside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 7
      Hubbard Glacier
    • Day 8
      Seward
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    Rrb99
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Comparison to prior cruise experience
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    MY Schavuit
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Free at sea
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Glacier Bay

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Juneau, Glacier Bay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Glacier Bay Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 1
      Puget Sound (Cruising)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Juneau
    • Day 4
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 4
      Icy Strait
    • Day 5
      Sitka
    • Day 6
      Ketchikan
    • Day 7
      Victoria
    • Day 8
      Seattle
    Ship Details

    Eurodam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Midsized ship with great dining, entertainment and enrichment options, and good service

    Cons

    Busy Lido Market and spa reception; tired Club HAL spaces for kids; challenging internet

    Bottom Line

    Perfect combination of modern amenities and entertainment with traditional ship ambiance

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    Eurodam, which debuted in 2008, is a classic example of Holland America's attention to architec...

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    BobbiSox
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Always Love the Southern Caribbean, Holland America Style!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Panama Canal
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Glacier Bay

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Icy Strait, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Glacier Bay Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Icy Strait
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 7
      College Fjord
    • Day 8
      Whittier
    Ship Details

    Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

    Cons

    Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

    Bottom Line

    Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd

    Reviews

    Coral Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Coral Princess blends the exotic (an international staff, elegant Italian restaurant, celebrity...

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    Raybit
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Amazing cruise - great ship!
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    The Turners
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A Great Antarctica cruise
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Glacier Bay

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Glacier Bay Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Seward
    Ship Details

    Westerdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Emphasis on live music, of a wide variety, that makes for a lot of choice in the evening

    Cons

    Few entertainment and activity options for teens and young adults

    Bottom Line

    Refined, but casual experience that attracts its youngest and most active crowd in Europe

    Reviews

    Westerdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    Holland America has been in the midst of a change for several years and Westerdam is a perfect ...

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    disudds
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Great itinerary, wonderful service
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    TravelDreamer75
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great people but lacking educational component
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Glacier Bay

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Tracy Arm, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Glacier Bay Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Tracy Arm
    • Day 3
      Juneau
    • Day 4
      Skagway
    • Day 5
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 6
      Ketchikan
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Koningsdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Outstanding service, exceptional cuisine, great entertainment options

    Cons

    Music Walk does not have a clear identity and needs individual rooms

    Bottom Line

    Most luxurious HAL ship will appeal to many types of cruisers

    Reviews

    Koningsdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Koningsdam is the first new Holland America Line ship in eight years. "Koning" means "king" in ...

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    terran_explr
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Escape to warmer weather
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    happy2cruise2016
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Relaxing Holiday Family Cruise
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Glacier Bay

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Juneau, Skagway ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Glacier Bay Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Juneau
    • Day 4
      Skagway
    • Day 5
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 6
      Ketchikan
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Volendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Incredibly polished service from friendly, well-trained crew

    Cons

    Does show its age in several areas throughout the ship

    Bottom Line

    Nice variety of activities, amenities and enrichment on a manageable midsize vessel

    Reviews

    Volendam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    When it launched in 1999, Volendam had the highest passenger capacity in Holland America's flee...

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    MischiefNM
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Rollercoaster of highs and lows
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    esanesel
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Our second and last cruise on HAL
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