The Hubbard Glacier was the primary highlight of cruise day 4. The Hubbard Glacier is the longest tidewater glacier (we prefer the proper English pronunciation. Say: glah-see-air. Thank you Ian and Globetrekker) in Alaska. The calving of Hubbard leaves a slurry of ice to sail through- very cool. We could also see the slopes of Mount Edgecumbe, an active volcano, in the distance.
It was also the day that we lost our only son on-board the MS Oosterdam. All the lessons of childhood, “if you are lost, stay where you are!” were proven to have fallen on deaf ears. Worse yet, his dad actually waved goodbye as the elevator doors shut on J prematurely. Of course, we had momentary audio “glimpses” of him, as he wandered the ship, leaving us messages along the lines of “this is your abandoned son, on deck 10…” and “don’t worry, I’m on the Lido deck…” At least it’s a good place to be lost; you sure won’t be starving on a cruise ship!
We pulled into Sitka, Alaska on day 5. We like Sitka. We wandered around the town. We visited the Russian Orthodox church, the downtown park, and the local bookstore. S & L adopted husky pups, of the stuffed toy variety, saving us approximately $1028 in “Sled Dog Encounter” excursion fees. T & J found the True Value hardware store in town, to procure supplies for the “Whatever Floats Your Boat” shipbuilding contest on board the ship. But, that is a topic worthy of it’s own post!