The Renown Tours bus picked us up at the campground on this morning of our half-day cruise. The driver drove us around Seward a little and pointed out points of interest before dropping us off at the Renown Tours office.
The swells were pretty high in the the open water, but calm in the areas where we stopped to view wildlife or glaciers. As a precaution, I bought some seasickness pills and took two. But I think I would have been all right without them. There were a few sufferers on board, though.
During the six-hour cruise, we saw sea otters, puffins, a bald eagle, orca whales, harbor seals, stellar sea lions, and a magnificent calving glacier (Aialek Glacier). We were awestruck by the sounds the glacier made. There were sounds like gunshots and others like thunder. It was amazing.
The boat in this picture gives a perspective of the size of the glacier.
A closeup of the calving glacier.
Stellar Sea Lions
The cruise was definitely a highlight of our trip. Besides giving Doug a welcome day off from driving, it gave us the opportunity to see things we'd never seen. Unless you've experienced the sounds and sights of a calving glacier, you just can't imagine the awesomeness of it. And what fun it was to see all the wildlife, too. My photos aren't the best; but, hopefully, they'll give you a feel for what it was like.