“Shut in by sublime Yosemite cliffs, nobly sculptured, and adorned with waterfalls and fringes of trees, bushes, and patches of flowers, but amid so crowded a display of novel beauty it was not easy to concentrate the attention long enough on any portion of it without giving more days and years than our lives can afford.”- John Muir’s description of the Tracy and Endicott Arm Fjords during his visit in 1879
I must admit I was quite disappointed. After boarding the high-speed catamaran we learned that Tracy Arm was impassable due to too much floating ice. Instead, we were going to visit Dawes Glacier in nearby Endicott Arm. However, once we arrived at the glacier at the end of the fjord there was no longer any disappointment on my part. It was absolutely spectacular!
As the ms Nieuw Amsterdam cruised up Stephens Passage, heading towards Juneau, it stopped in mid-ocean to allow our excursion group to board the catamaran. This transfer occurred just outside of Holkham Bay, which marks the split between the Tracy and Endicott Arm Fjords. Instead of taking a left into Tracy Arm, we turned right into Endicott Arm. As we sailed through the bay we could see quite a bit of ice floating out of Tracy Arm.
Visitors will also see several waterfalls crashing down the steep cliffs of the fjords:
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