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The only glacier I've viewed was Hubbard and I must say, I was in awe....This possible Star Princess cruise goes to Tracy Arm....How is this compared to Hubbard? Is there a comparison?
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Old April 29th, 2008, 02:40 AM
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No comparison at all... Hubbard is in a large, open bay... basically ocean cruising with a big ice-cube thrown in.

Tracy Arm is as much an experience of the wildlife and fjord itself as it is a "glacier cruise"... the 2 halves of Sawyer Glacier are a bit small if compared to Hubbard, but the terrain, scenery and wildlife just can't be beat.

Now for the bad news... the big ships scare off (and don't stop for) the wildlife. They're also on a tight time schedule, and I think the Star Princess has a record of somewhere near 50% of the time needing to turn around before you even see the glaciers.

If it were me, and if Tracy Arm were a priority, I would look for an itinerary that gives you 10 hours in Juneau... if you're ported by 7:30, you can catch the 8:00 (or sometimes 9:00 am) Adventure Bound trip... if you're not in until a bit later in the morning (but still have time), Alaskan Marine Adventures or Harv & Marv's can set up a trip on your time schedule...

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The only glacier I've viewed was Hubbard and I must say, I was in awe....This possible Star Princess cruise goes to Tracy Arm....How is this compared to Hubbard? Is there a comparison?
I have to agree with Case..Pick a cruise where you will have enough time to see Tracy Arm on a small boat..Last year we took the Adventure Bound trip and it was awesome!
http://good-times.webshots.com/album/559852870rlducw
There is a link to some of the photos we took in Tracy Arm..I know Sawyer Glacier isnt massive compared to Hubbard but when you are there it is VERY IMPRESSIVE..Specially when you get so close you could almost hit it with a rock..Our Tracy Arm cruise we saw humpbacks, Orcas, Eagles, mountain goats or are they called Dahl Sheep and some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever experienced..This trip was the hightlight of any vacation we ever had..

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I did see some of Tracy Arm on the travel channel, looks very interesting and there is a glacier there, so I'm looking forward to it, hope we can get close enough.
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Donna - when are you going on the Star? I'm going solo on the Star out of Seattle June 1st. I also saw Tracy Arm on the travel channel just within the last week - can't wait! Hope the weather is warm enough first week of June.
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Hi My2cents,
Wow, you get to go very soon. I don't cruise on Star until Aug....

I'd love to hear all about it, what NOT to miss, etc.
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Donna - will post my experience after return (mid June). I wish I'd made my plans for July or August...as I think the temperature will be rather cold the first week of June, but will take warmer clothes. This will be my first "solo" cruise and first time to Alaska. I'm staying over in Seattle one day after the cruise, as I've not been there before either and want to see the city. Lots of "firsts"!

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Thanks My2,
I WILL stay tuned, looking so forward to hearing about everything!
Hey, are you planning on doing any canopy tours up there, I'd love to.
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We just returned from our Alaskan cruise and this is what we took pictures of as we sailed thru.




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Beautiful pics CAwife,

At any point do you see more of a glacier?

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Actually, it's more like 25% or less that Princess gets decent views of Tracy Arm glaciers. Don't count on it. I'll speculate that is the "close" distance perhaps?? Very typical.

The exception for Tracy Arm is NCL, which has an excellent add on (although costly), Tracy Arm tour, that is an absolute MUST DO in my opinion. Just no comparism to the cruise ship and grossly superior.

Overall, never choose a Tracy Arm itinerary, if glaciers are your priority, and if they are, you need to consider booking some other touring option from your ports.
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Since I get so many questions on Tracy Arm. I put together this photo sample to show the differences.

This was the 7-22-07 NCL Sun sailing. This was the FIRST time this ship made it to within full view of the South Sawyer Glacier. And the ship photo, of normal lens, was the CLOSEST it got.

I, as you can see was on the Tracy Arm tour. NCL is a gem having this. you leave Juneau about 1/2 hour before the cruiseship, plenty of stops along the way, then reboard the cruiseship in Tracy Arm. http://community.webshots.com/user/budgetqueen


If you happen to have all day in Juneau, you can book a Tracy Arm boat tour, you ideally need at least a 7a-7p port time.
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No, we did not get very far into the glacier. We had to turn around because of the ice. I wish we could have made it further. I am not sure how "close" we were but we took those pictures from our balcony. It was gorgeous.
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