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Making the Most of Hubbard Glacier

Making the Most of Hubbard Glacier

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GETTING THERE

The Disney Wonder pays the cruise line's inaugural visit to Hubbard Glacier on July 28, 2017, and is scheduled to be on the waters of Yakutat and Disenchantment Bays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Another ship will be entering the bay when the Wonder departs, but otherwise, the Wonder will have the area to herself. You'll cross the open waters of the Gulf of Alaska both coming and going, so the seas are likely to be rougher than on most of the rest of this itinerary.

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GETTING AROUND

Though Hubbard gets the headlines, the Valerie Glacier merges with Hubbard less than five miles from the bay, contributing a major push to Hubbard's advance. When you view the glacier's broad face, you may spy a seam that marks the junction of the two glaciers. • Like an iceberg, much of the glacier's face is submerged where it meets the bay. Not only will you see icebergs calving-off into the bay, but other bergs may surge out of the depths to the surface. For this reason, ships tend to stand off a fair distance from the ice face. The smaller Haenke and Turner Glaciers also merge nearby and enter Disenchantment Bay from the northwest. • The bay and glacier are surrounded by dramatic mountain ridges and peaks, many a half-mile to nearly two miles high, including Mount Seattle (10,350 ft/3,154 m), which is easily seen on a clear day, as it's just 14 miles away. Some of Hubbard Glacier's ice comes from the slopes of Mount Logan, the highest peak in Canada and second-highest in North America (19,551 ft/5,959 m). • Hubbard has completely dammed the mouth of Russell Fjord several times in recent memory, creating a lake that eventually bursts its bounds in dramatic fashion. When the ice dam broke in October 1986, over 1.3 cubic miles (5.3 cubic kilometers) of water dumped into the bay in less than 24 hours,  35 times the flow of Niagara Falls.

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