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Entering Glacier Bay National Park by cruise ship is an amazing experience. Here’s how to get the most out of your day!
Visiting by cruise ship offers a unique way to experience the park. In most cases, a National Park ranger will board your ship and will turn it into a floating visitor center. They will pass out information and will show you points of interest as you tour the park.
What should I wear?
Glacier Bay has an average of 70 inches of rain per year. While that is excellent for building glaciers in the mountains, it is a little wet for you. With only ~4 sunny days a month, I’d wear plenty of layers and bring a rain jacket.
Your best bet is to check the weather before you enter the park.
What might I see?
- Glaciers! If you’re lucky, you’ll see them calve!
- Beautiful mountains
- Wolves, bears, lynx, whales, and porpoises to name a few! Here is a complete list of mammals in Glacier Bay NP.
What should I bring while in Glacier Bay National Park?
- Plenty of clothing layers, more than you think you’ll need! The areas near glaciers are cold!
- Coat- I’d go with a coat with several layers. You basically get 3 coats in one.
- Hats, gloves, scarf. Maybe 2 of each in case one gets damp.
- Rain jacket
- Extra camera batteries, cold weather drains batteries quickly.
I’m sure you’re going to love this National Park. It is a beautiful place that so many visitors are sad to leave. If you need any help planning your Alaskan adventures, feel free to comment below!
Here are a couple helpful links-
Here are a few animals you may see while on your cruise!
Infographic courtesy of Glacier Bay Country Inn