Visiting Glacier Bay
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We left the drapes open again and it was pretty bright when we fell asleep around 11:30. I woke around 4:00 and got up about 4:30; Lin was still fast asleep. I ate breakfast absolutely alone except for staff in the Horizon Court at 5:00 just as we were entering Glacier Bay and was on deck by about 5:15, virtually alone. I know this certifies me as crazy but we'd been told this was a good place to see humpback whales and I wanted to see one. It was COLD as well as rainy. After a bit, I went down to put more clothes on. I ended up in shirt, sweatshirt, bomber jacket, parka (with hood pulled up over my cap), heavy pants, rain pants, two pairs of socks and shoes and I was STILL a bit cold! There was a single chaise lounge that someone had earlier dragged onto the foredeck and abandoned so I sat in that for a long time.
We did not see nearly as many glaciers in Glacier Bay as I'd expected. After several hours, we reached the northern end of the bay where we found Grand Pacific and Marjorie Glaciers. Grand Pacific is big but not very pretty; lots of terminal moraine (read: dirt) and not much calving. On the other hand, Marjorie Glacier is fascinating.
This was the second formal night. The laundry did a horrible job on my shirt so I had to try to straighten it out. As returning Princess passengers, we were invited to a "Captain's Circle" reception. It ran from 7:00 to 7:45 but, with the shirt and all, we got there about 7:35. Not exactly an exciting event anyway.
Frank and Pat were absent from dinner. We knew Pat had been sick all day so it wasn't a surprise but we missed them. We had a drink and danced a bit in the wheelhouse. I found it interesting how many times we heard the theme song from "Titanic" during the cruise. Here we were on a ship, having spent the day among (admittedly tiny) icebergs, dressed in formal clothes, dancing to this haunting music. Weird!.
They were doing a champagne waterfall in the Atrium so we watched a while before going to bed around 1:00. The sky was still red with the sunset even though sunset was at 10:30. The sky to the north was quite bright but to the south it was pretty dark.