Cold Cruising...

We've always cruised to the Caribbean. Our trip in Sept was diverted north to Canada. We still had a good time; got the beaver tails, took photos with the People Waiting (wooden figures in St John), and got some pretty good maple syrup. The weather was pleasant enough that you could still enjoy activities on the decks. I haven't cruised north during the winter months. What happens on the ship? Areas like the Lido bars that are really...outside, do they close those or modify/cover those areas so that they are still in use? Are the hot tubs still available and do they heat the pool(s)? Did you always feel like you were cold? Since most people aren't on the decks lounging and would be in the inside venues, did things feel more crowded? 

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The hot tubs are usually open. When it is cold on deck the pool area is pretty empty.

Mini Golf was busy on Adventure Of The Seas as we were pulling into England.  We were wearing heavy coats but out playing and drinking.  I'm glad I packed my down jacket for that one.  It was warm when we left the Caribbean Island and got cooler as we cruised to London.

Outdoor things still happen it just a weather permitting thing

One day I'd love to do an Alaskan cruise and wanted to get some ideas of how things go. Thanks for the responses.

Actually depending on when you do the Alaskan cruise the temps can be quite nice and balmy. My father did an Alaskan cruise in Sept a few years back and the weather was warmer in Alaska than it was here in Southern Ontario.

When I did an Alaska cruise they had blankets for outdoor use and a bar cart with hot cocktails..... Mmmmm hot cocoa with a shot of Baileys and shot of Cram De Cocoa and a shot of Cream De Mint..... my first buzz off of hot cocoa.  you need to dress warm,  lots of outdoor time when cruising Glacier Bay.

Think this was May of 2016 ... Warm hat is a must!

That sounds great! Have to remember that cocoa recipe for the next cold snap. Happy

Looks like perfect attire; love that hat! 

 

Alaska was wonderful, but the weather can be unpredictable.  It’s always advised to dress in layers.  I went from down coat to wishing I had a pair of shorts in the same day. Always bring a rain coat - you just never know and an umbrella could block someone else’s view.  We did a 15 day land + sea package and still think it was worth every penny.  On board the ship everything was open - but Lido deck had a retractable roof (Holland America).

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