Early the next morning, we woke up to small icebergs floating past our ship. For the first few minutes, I kept imagining our cruise ship pulling a Titanic. But, after going up to the top of the ship and watching the huge vessel move easily around the chunks of ice, I felt better. The reason for those icebergs was simple; we were traveling through an area called Tracy Arm Fjord which ended with the Sawyer Glacier. The ice had fallen from the glacier and had passed through the fjord via the water. Our cruise ship was to pass through the fjord until the ice or narrowness of the fjord caused it to turn around.
The scenery was stunning! But, we were very cold. Even in August, I was wearing four layers, gloves, hat, and scarf, yet I was still cold. We made sure to get some hot chocolate to keep our fingers cozy while we viewed the towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and drifting clouds that seemed within an arms reach of the ship. It was amazing how such a large ship was able to fit in such a small space.
When we finally got close to the Sawyer Glacier, we were all shocked speechless with the view. The water was glassy so everything was reflected on it. At that point, we were near enough to the end of the fjord that we needed to turn around. The captain put on the thrusters and the ship turned a 180 then headed back where we came from. This was one of my favorite parts of the entire cruise. It was truly an amazing sight. It was a very up close and personal look at the pristine beauty of Alaska.