The rest of the cruise was a slight change of routine. After departing Skagway at 8:30 in the evening, we were aboard ship until the end of the cruise in Whittier. The next 2 days involved cruising in Glacier Bay NP and then in College Fiord, north of Whittier. Both involved up close and personal views of glaciers, as well as some pretty impressive wilderness.
Glacier Bay National Park has the distinction of being the only U.S. National Park that is accessible only by air or water. Nearly all wilderness, there is one visitor center and a couple of reservation-only rustic guest cabins. While I have read much about kayaking in the park, the bay is huge and the water deep and cold. Such a visit would, in my view, take a particularly hardy soul.
In the mouth of Glacier Bay, we were joined by National Park Service employees who came aboard for the day to educate us on the park. The waters in the bay are thousands of feet deep. We cruised from the mouth, all the way north to the Grand Pacific Glacier, some 65 miles!