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Scenic Cruising in Tracy Arm, Alaska
There is something about Tracy. Tracy Arm, that is. By some considered as a "light" version of Glacier Bay, this Alaskan fjord is located relatively close to the city of Juneau and is therefore often used by larger ships as an alternative to Glacier Bay on their weeklong cruises from Vancouver or Seattle. I had been to Glacier Bay on an exceptional glorious September day back in 1995 on Norwegian Cruise Lines' Windward and I loved it. Eighteen years later, in May of 2013, I found myself back in Alaska. This time I was on board Holland America's Oosterdam. And we were heading for Tracy Arm.

All I saw when I opened the curtains in the morning were clouds and Holland America's Statendam overtaking us on her way to Juneau. After the pilot boarded Oosterdam set course for the entrance of Tracy Arm. Named after Benjamin Franklin Tracy, the relatively narrow fjord leads to the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Different than Glacier Bay, these are not "sail by" glaciers; cruise ships need to keep their distance and during my visit I only managed to get a glimpse of the towering glacier. That said, the fjord itself is arguably more spectacular than Glacier Bay with steep mountains, waterfalls and ice bergs. That it was pouring with rain during our visit did not really matter. This is Alaska after all!
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