We started in very overcast and cold weather again wearing all the layers we could fit on top of each other inside the foulies. The wind was funneling in the fjord but this was all worth it. Moving through thicker and thicker fields of icebergs along steep cliffs, we are alone except for a couple tour boats. We pass the Ice Falls with are not iced although judging from the outside temperature , they probably could be. The water gushing with incredible pressure was amazing.
We go past Sawyer Island and the fjord is narrower. Then the South Sawyer Glacier appears, White and grey and ice blue and huge and imposing with crevasses and a wide tongue reaching right into the head of the fjord. The sky has cleared a bit and we can take some pictures.
We are still circling around in awe at the head of the fjord when a cruise ship peaks its bow behind Sawyer Island. We are now going to have to share the small pace with Carnival Miracle. Indeed a miracle to manage the bay together. We have been warned that big ship create havoc for small crafts by thrashing larger ice blocks and by creating big wakes among the icebergs. But in the end, the Captain likes the sailboat, a good photo op for his passengers, so he hugs the cliffs to extreme to give us ample room.
By the time we are back in Tracy Arm Cove, the sun is coming out and we are happy to warm up and peel off some layers. The sun is glistening on the Alpine scenery all around us and the Norwegian Sun appears in Tracy Arm . It would have been interesting to see it cross ways with the Carnival Miracle, passengers on the two ships could probably shake hands from balcony cabins.
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What an adventure! and the photos truly give a sense of the isolation, chill and beauty of the place…something I even felt when I was on one of those big cruise ships June ’88 25 years ago! Look forward to stories upon your return!
Spectacular! I was holding my breath going past that cruise ship!
You are taking some wonderful photos Francoise! And it looks as though you’re having a superb trip. Carry on Sailors!