Day 2 – Exploring Glacier Bay National Park

Today, we don't just get to spend some time in Glacier Bay National Park - we overnight here as well. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Today, we don’t just get to spend some time in Glacier Bay National Park – we overnight here as well. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Monday, September 1, 2014

I awoke this morning feeling superbly refreshed after my first night onboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ Safari Endeavour. Even in my Commander Stateroom – which features twin beds that cannot be combined into a queen – the mattresses are superbly comfortable, and the pillows are nice and fluffy. A wool throw is also provided should you want that extra bit of warmth, but I found I didn’t need it.

Don't let the twin berth-style beds fool you: they're surprisingly comfortable. Other categories, however, have beds that can be pushed together to form a Queen-sized bed. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Don’t let the twin berth-style beds fool you: they’re surprisingly comfortable. Other categories, however, have beds that can be pushed together to form a Queen-sized bed. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

There are 18 Commander Staterooms aboard Safari Endeavour, and I absolutely love mine. Located on Deck 3, these feature two twin beds and two view windows. A doorway is positioned in the middle of the room that opens outward to the Deck 3 promenade, so you’ll want to have a coat when you go down for breakfast. It is, however, one of the coziest staterooms I’ve had on any ship, and there’s more storage space in the three closets and six drawers than I would ever need. My luggage also slipped neatly beneath one of the two beds – a huge bonus on a small ship.

Fresh orange juice in the Restaurant...Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Fresh orange juice in the Restaurant…Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

...and hot tea and coffee in the lounge on a misty morning. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

…and hot tea and coffee in the lounge on a misty morning. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The room also features a full-sized writing desk with an attractive table lamp. Two reading lights are positioned over the beds, and there’s a flat-panel television with a built-in DVD player and an iPhone / iPod docking station. The latter took me forever to figure out how to use: press the black panel with the iPod logo sticker inward. It will pop out at you, revealing the actual iPod dock (note: these only work with iPhone 4’s and earlier.)

Breakfast was served promptly at 7:30a.m., and we were just beginning to enter my favorite place in Alaska as my morning coffee was served: Glacier Bay National Park.

Sailing into Glacier Bay National Park this morning. The fog would gradually lift throughout the day. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Sailing into Glacier Bay National Park this morning. The fog would gradually lift throughout the day. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Glacier Bay National Park is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and World Biosphere Reserve. The ancestral home of the Huna Tlingit, it was first mapped by Captain George Vancouver in 1794, and again by John Muir in the late 1800’s. What Muir found was that Vancouver’s map was shockingly inaccurate. This wasn’t because Vancouver was a lousy cartographer – it was because the glaciers had been receding at a tremendous pace.

Sea Lions resting on a rocky outcrop near South Marble Island. Those with eagle eyes will spot Princess Cruises' Coral Princess in the fog to the right. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Sea Lions resting on a rocky outcrop near South Marble Island. Those with eagle eyes will spot Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess in the fog to the right. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Guests gather on deck as we approach South Marble Island. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Guests gather on deck as we approach South Marble Island. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report onboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ Safari Endeavour continues tomorrow with a full day of activities at Lamplugh Glacier and the elusive Johns Hopkins Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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