Not every guest will want to take the trip to Columbia Glacier, but for those that do its always a treat to swim with an iceberg. There's always time spent picking the safest one, seeing which one's are very photogenic and staying out of the main ice pack. But there's something magical about seeing such a large piece of ice at eye level that really puts it all into perspective. On this trip I had a cousin from Texas that is a regular surfer in the warm Gulf waters try his hand at swimming in Alaskan waters. Surprisingly he took to it with blinking an eye. Although he didn't seem inclined to stay in the water as long as his drysuit companions, considering he was wearing a 7mm wetsuit.