It was a fantastic day aboard National Geographic Quest as we got to explore the wonderful Glacier Bay National Park. We started the day by cruising up to Johns Hopkins Glacier as the sky slowly brightened. As the day went on, we explored all the key highlights inside the park. Russell Cut, Gloomy Knob, and South Marble were just a few of the scenic stops we got to make during the day.
National Geographic Quest
National Geographic Quest arose amidst light clouds within the protected waters of Ushk Bay. This area is known for a salmon stream and yields plenty of opportunity for kayaking and exploring the vast meadows of its inner waterways. On this day’s occasion, guests were able to hike and paddle their way along the coast of Ushk Bay and witness firsthand the life cycle of Pacific salmon making their way upstream. As we transited through Peril Strait, we were lucky to see humpback whales. These immense mammals were “lunge feeding” very near our ship. Being able to witness this event was unique for guests and staff. Lunge feeding is process through which individual whales push their gaping mouths through the surface and collect any fish or planktonic invertebrates in the process. Witnessing this behavior was truly a remarkable experience for all. We will cherish this moment for a lifetime.