We are cruising Alaska in late August. Helpful hints on type of clothing to pack?
Alaska Travel & Packing
Always bring a good sweater. A lightweight weatherproof windbreaker is also a very good idea.
I have lived in the area and even on land anywhere I have those with me.
Layers! You will want to bring lots of layers as the temperature swings throughout the day can be 30 degrees +. Here is a full packing guide we put together after cruising in Alaska during early September. Oh, and a rain coat (pack able is better) you are going to need it! http://eatsleepcruise.com/2015/05/what-to-pack-for-an-alaskan-cruise-for-your-next-alaskan-cruise/
For August in Alaska you shouldn't have to pack any different than you would for a Baltic cruise in September/October or a New England / Eastern Canadian Maple Leaf type cruise in the Fall and probably even lighter. That time of year many of the younger visitors in central Alaska are still wearing outdoor shorts.
You might even get into a stretch of fairly warm weather so dressing in layers is appropriate. For that time of year the mosquitoes are pretty much gone even in the interior so forget the bug dope. Like in the Baltics or Canada you might run into a bit of rain, particularly on a shore excursion in southeast, so we bring along fold up light wind breaker rain jackets. Umbrellas more often than not are a joke because if you have rain you usually have wind that destroys them. I prefer some real light fold up rain paints, which you probably will never use but if you need them they really are nice. For shoes I always bring my running shoes and if we are going to get into wet terrain or do some trail walking or climbing I bring my lighter waterproof hiking boots (note: hiking boots not hiking shoes).
A light sweater is great but even better is a hooded sweat shirt and a couple of baseball caps. Bring binoculars. It starts getting dark again at night then so one of those little flashlights is really handy to have on the ship. Sun glasses you might need, especially around the glaciers, but I wouldn't worry about sun screen unless you plan on glacier hikes or some mountain climbing above snow line.
Thank you! We don't mind cooler weather (in fact, it is our favorite). Don't want to over or under pack. Thanks again!
Seattle to Seattle. Sounds like Mid-Westerners will do just fine if we plan on layering clothing. Thank you for your input!
Not to get nosy, Toontes, but what line are you on? We are on Celebrity departing Seattle on 8/26.
Carnival Legend! Alaska is a bucket list item and we are very excited to spend out anniversary there!
Great information. I have been kicking around an Alaskan cruise but not sure since I don't really like the cold and prefer the sun and sand. Then on the other hand, how else am I going to get my Artic Circle Certificate?
Alaska is my bucket list too... I decided on my lunch break I need to start investigating and deciding which line is best, which itinerary and then go from there.
A hat or ear muffs is essential when up on deck ... wouldn't have enjoyed the glaciers as much with the wind blowing and chilly temperature.