I always tell my clients “If you do one excursion on your cruise, do the tour boat excursion in Eindicott or Tracy Arm Fjords, where you will get up close to a glacier.” We heeded my own advice and took this one excursion during our Alaska Silversea cruise and it was the highlight of the trip. The tour boat came along side the ship and a little over 100 of us got on it to see the waterfalls and glacier of the fjord up close. Our tour began just as we entered Endicott arm right after passing Sumdum Glacier, a hanging glacier at the entryway of Holkham Bay.
We also passed by one of the NatGeo expedition cruise ships we had previously seen the day before embarking in Juneau. Once we got on to the little tour boat, our first stop was Fords Terror fjord. We didn’t go to far into it as the more inland part of the fjord has tidal rapids which were named by young crewman exploring the fjord who was trapped for several hours by rising tidal rapids. We did however get close to the waterfall near the entrance.
From there we headed by the Celebrity Millennium, made a stop at what our tour naturalist nicknamed wedding cake falls and sailed by our own Silver Muse ship.
Finally the best part of the cruise had arrived, our approach to Dawes Glacier! We were able get within a quarter mile of the glacier, and though the view from the back of the large ship, this up close and personal experience was breathtaking. We were able to see a few happy seals hanging out in the safety of the ice floes, could hear the crackling of the glacier and even saw a few small glacial calvings.