Glacier Bay National Park: Alaska’s Inside Passage

A photo tour of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, a highlight of our recent Alaskan Cruise in partnership with Princess Cruises.

Margerie Glacier Alaska

Our recent Alaskan cruise was a trip of a lifetime for multiple reasons: quality family time, memorable excursions, celebrity chef restaurants, and more. Above all, perhaps what surprised me the most about our sail onboard the Ruby Princess was the breathtaking landscape and scenery from every direction. 

Glacier Bay National Preserve

Before I go any further, I want to take a moment to show you on a map exactly where we were sailing. As you can see, the bulk of our cruise took place in Alaska’s Inside Passage located in the lower southeast corner of the state.

Rich Looking Out Balcony

What does this mean exactly? It means that we were literally surrounded by natural beauty on both sides of the ship throughout much of our cruise. While I’ve cruised several times in the past to other destinations in the US, Mexico and Caribbean, I have never encountered such remarkable landscape within such close proximity.

Margerie Glacier from Ship

Don’t get me wrong, endless views of the Caribbean sea or Pacific ocean are absolutely beautiful, but there is truly nothing like sailing within feet of mountains, glaciers, and wildlife. My particular favorite was Margerie Glacier pictured above. Declared a National Monument in 1925, it can only be accessed by air or water as there are no roads in the park.

Ruby Princess Deck with View of Glacier

If you ever have a chance to visit Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, I highly recommend you take the opportunity to experience America’s natural beauty at its finest. Between the turquoise waters, glaciers, fjords and wildlife, it is truly a site to be seen.

Sailing Away from Glacier

Stay tuned for more about our recent Alaskan cruise. In the meantime, keep the questions coming – I’m happy to answer any you may have about cruising Alaska.

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Disclosure: Princess Cruise Line hosted me and my family during our recent Alaskan cruise. I have not been compensated to write this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Lemon Bowl possible. All thoughts are my own.

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12 responses to “Glacier Bay National Park: Alaska’s Inside Passage”

  1. Sandy W Avatar
    Sandy W

    We were just there in July, too. And Glacier Park was one of my favorite places. We had a nice day, like you, to visit. It truly is spectacular.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh many I wish we could go back!!!! My kids keep asking!

  2. Helene D'Souza Avatar
    Helene D’Souza

    Watching the glaciers from near by while on the turquoise blue water, must be amazing. I can smell the ice right now while I imagine all this. Now this is a special trip which I hadn’t thought of ever doing because I am not into cold countries, however I think I would actually enjoy such a trip with my husband.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It was truly unlike anything else!

  3. Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies Avatar
    Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies

    This sort of cruise kinda scares me but I have to admit it looks like a stunning experience. Hmmmm food for thought…

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh you must give it a shot! It was incredible!

  4. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife Avatar
    Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    Gorgeous! I bet that was such a fun trip! The contrast of the water and mountains is so beautiful.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It was so beautiful!!

  5. Danielle Avatar

    I’ve wanted to visit Alaska for a while now. I hate the cold, but it looks so beautiful! Your pics are awesome.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It was between the mid-50’s and mid-70’s and we were there in May!

  6. Manjiri Avatar

    How stunningly beautiful ! I have been abroad many a cruise and cargo ships alike but never really sailed ! would love to see the glacier and cruise along this inner passage someday.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It was so truly beautiful!