Getting Ready for an Alaskan Cruise

Getting Ready for an Alaskan Cruise

I'm going to be taking an Alaskan cruise with my family at the end of June. Does anybody know what the weather is like this time of year? Are shorts okay, or should I be thinking long pants? And will a light jacket do, or should I pack something heavier? Any advice is greatly appreciated!


You are so lucky that is

You are so lucky that is one of our all time trips we dream about. I looked around for you and found this site on the weather. It really depends on what areas you are visiting this time of year as to the temperatures. Hope this will help. http://www.alaskatravel.com/resources/alaska-weather.html

Have a great trip

Alaska cruise

A friend of mine worked on a cruise ship, and the Alaskan  run was his favourite.  June is a good time for Alaska because the days are longer and the skies are usually clear.

tater03 wrote: You are so

tater03 wrote:

You are so lucky that is one of our all time trips we dream about. I looked around for you and found this site on the weather. It really depends on what areas you are visiting this time of year as to the temperatures. Hope this will help. http://www.alaskatravel.com/resources/alaska-weather.html

Have a great trip

Thanks so much for the site recommendation, tater03. That was VERY helpful, exactly what I needed to know. It looks like the weather can get a little chilly in the southeast part of Alaska where we'll be travelling, but not anything I'll need a winter coat to deal with. (Besides, I just had a hysterectomy and am having hot flashes like you would not believe! A cool climate will be a huge relief.)

I remember seeing pictures

I remember seeing pictures of friends in jackets, standing on a glacier.  If you are planning on taking any of the excursions, make sure you know what the climate is like where you are going.  I seem to remember them taking an excursion on a train, up a mountain, and it got pretty cold.

Another one of those trips that is on my ever-growing list.

cindy wrote: I remember

cindy wrote:

I remember seeing pictures of friends in jackets, standing on a glacier.  If you are planning on taking any of the excursions, make sure you know what the climate is like where you are going.  I seem to remember them taking an excursion on a train, up a mountain, and it got pretty cold.

Another one of those trips that is on my ever-growing list.

Good point, I will be visiting a couple of glaciers on shore tours, and will want to bring along long sleeved shirts/jackets for those days. Basically, I'm trying to pack as light as possible, both because I don't like lugging heavy suitcases (I have a bad back), and because I always want to buy souvenirs on the trip and I can't fill my bags with new stuff if they're already packed with the tired old stuff I can see at home every day!

On the Cruise!

Hi all! I am typing this from the "writing room" of the Sapphire Princess where I am having a wonderful time. The weather has been beautiful--a little cool in spots, but the light sports jacket I brought along has been more than adequate. I've seen so many amazing sites--the scenic railway in Skagway, the Mendenhall glacier and the salmon hatchery in Juneau, and I'm looking forward to touring Ketchikan by horse-drawn buggy tomorrow morning. In the afternoon, it's off to the misty fjords. What a great trip. Wish I could afford to do something like this every year!

Calypso wrote:Hi all! I am

Calypso wrote:
Hi all! I am typing this from the "writing room" of the Sapphire Princess where I am having a wonderful time.

Thanks for rubbing it in Wink

Now I will really love going to work tomorrow morning.

I hope you will have a wonderful time and enjoy your trip as much as you can.

Andre

http://www.aguntherphotography.com

I read an item on the

I read an item on the Frommer site that said for some reason the cheaper cabins on the Alaska cruises aren't selling well this year for July and August.  Maybe you can find a real bargain and add photos of Alaska to your gallery.

Back in the real world

Well, here I am, back to the grind of everyday life. Sigh. It was a wonderful trip, though. It was great to spend time with my family, and I ate so much I almost gained a dress size. And so many amazing sights! I think my favorite was two grizzly cubs in an animal preserve playing and wrestling with each other. They looked like fat little puppies. Every so often, the older grizzly would get annoyed and smack them apart, but it wasn't long before they were at it again. I also enjoyed seaplaning over the Misty Fjords. Just amazingly beautiful....

Wow

So what would you say are the chances of spotting bears? Were you lucky or is that a common thing?

I am a wildlife enthusiast and I never seriously considered a cruise, as I always thought it would be much easier to spot wildlife on a land trip (spending a few days in Denali).

Seems like thats not true at all.

How was the entertainment on board? Did you have to participate in group activity?

Andre

http://www.aguntherphotography.com