By Linda Carter
A roundtrip Seattle, or Vancouver inside passage cruise will go to either Tracy's Arm, or Glacier Bay. Several cruise lines go to Glacier Bay & that includes Holland America and Princess, however not all ships of either line go here. Only 2 large ships per day are allowed in to the bay. At Glacier Bay a ranger will get on the ship & give you some narration. Ships can typically only cruise to the middle of the bay, and not close to the glaciers. If you do choose a Glacier Bay cruise get a port side balcony cabin, as more glaciers are on this side of the ship.
Link to Glacier Bay National Park Service website
In order to get to Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord ...... you need to do a one way cruise either to or from Seward or Ankorage.
Hubbard Glacier is 76 miles long, and 25% larger than the state of Rhode Island. It is a very actively calving (shedding large chunks of ice into the water) and is a popular cruise destination.
College Fjord Glaciers, are named after colleges, and are located within the Prince William Sound.
Not accessible by cruise ship is Portage Glacier. This glacier is located 50 miles south of Anchorage, and 5 miles off Seward Highway. It is a good stop for cruise passengers heading to Seward or Whittier. there are several tours available that go to this glacier for those not wishing to rent a car.