It’s Sheri with CruiseTipsTV with tips on what type of clothing to pack for a cruise
to Alaska. Packing for Alaska can be a little tricky because in our experience, the weather
can vary from about 40-85 degrees throughout the day. It can be sunny and warm one minute,
and drizzly and cold the next. SO, what to do?
Well…in Alaska it’s all about LAYERS. We’re going to break this down into 4 categories-
what to wear on the ship, walking around in port, on adventure tours, and lastly on Glacier
viewing days. Let’s start with what to wear ON the ship:
Daytime wear on your Alaskan cruise can be casual and comfortable. Pack your favorite
non-slip athletic or walking shoes, and plan for mild, breezy weather. So, jeans, sweaters
and T-shirts will be perfect for most daytime activities onboard. Depending on your ship,
the attire for most evenings on board will likely be resort wear, with a few elegant
or “formal” evenings sprinkled in. For women,I recommend packing a sweater or warm
wrap or shawl to layer over your evening wear. So how about port days?:
Generally speaking if you’re walking around near the port, jeans, comfortable walking
shoes, a short-sleeved shirt, a sweatshirt or sweater and a light rain jacket are just
right. Again, this may seem like a lot of layers, but trust me, you want to be prepared
for the temperature variations. Now, on ACTIVE or adventure type tours, you’re
going to want to dress a lot like you do in port, but leave the JEANS on the ship. If
there’s any chance you’ll get wet, focus on synthetic or athletic type pants and a
nice waterproof shoe. If you’re going to be on the water, plan for some extra gear
like a fleece jacket, a warm hat and some warm socks. Just remember, moisture wicking
fabric is best on those adventure days. Lastly, let’s talk about what to wear if
your ship is visiting a glacial area during your cruise. Glacier days are gorgeous, however
they tend to be much more chilly than a normal sea day. You’ll feel the temperature drop
as you enter the passage and progress toward the icy glacial area. And often, your ship
will visit the glacier in the early morning hours. So, we recommend that you get out on
deck with a warm winter hat, and maybe even a pair of gloves to keep your hands warm.
Often, glacier day is the only day a hat and gloves are needed, and having them makes it
easier to stay on deck for as long as possible, and soak in the majesty of the glacier. Of
course, if you forget your cozy clothes, your cruise line will likely offer hot cocoa on
deck or clothing for purchase in their gift shop.
Thanks for watching. We hope this was helpful, and until next time, we’ll see you on the
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