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Old 04-27-2005, 06:08 PM
 
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I am interest in finding out what kind of weather we can expect in Alaska in July? We are cruising on the 17th via RCCL. Any advise? Will welcome any thing about anything you can help us with.
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Old 04-27-2005, 08:13 PM
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Layers is key. Umbrella/rain gear.
The weather can be quite varied, which is why the layering works.
Some days you really needed the coat & others you managed with a sweater or shirt.
The week before I had gone last year they had 80 degree days!!!
Does seem weird to be packing winter items in summer. But, hats & gloves you'll need too. Especially if you are doing any glacier tours. It is much colder of course.
Alaska is beautiful
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Old 04-30-2005, 02:54 AM
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Hi kclvt - my wife and I are also on our first cruise on the 17 July. Was also wondering what to take. Looking forward to the experience.
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Sunprincess is right. I can't say it enough: layers - layers - layers. You could get 80s, or you could get 50s (or anywhere in between). You could get sun, or you could get rain. With nonstop scenery, you will want to be outdoors, up on deck or on your balcony (whichever applies)a good bit of the time. I'd suggest a windbreaker in addition to a rain slicker or poncho (the latter preferably with a hood); you would wear these over sweatshirt/sweater, and t-shirt or longsleeved shirt. You can always un-layer if the weather gets warm. I'd suggest a hat, possibly earmuffs if your hat and/or hair doesn't cover ears too. And sunglasses - even on overcast days, it can sometimes be rather bright.

If you are on the standard cruise ships and not the tiny 100-passenger ones, there will be a couple formal nights, so you will need some dress-up clothes (like you'd wear to a wedding, or to a swanky theater) for those nights.

If it's your first-ever cruise, there is a cruise packing list on a sister site, www.cruisereviews.com - go to Cruise Q&A in the lefthand column on that site, and scroll down to the link for the packing list. Very helpful!

Have a fantastic time! "Beautiful" doesn't even begin to describe Alaska!
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Tom: What curise line are you taking? We are on Royal Caribbean - Serenade of the Seads. Can't wait only 11 more weeks!
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We are on the same cruise. Just confirmed booking today. This is our first cruise. I have been looking up all the information I can find about it. I am from N Ireland - so we have some travelling to do.
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Beautiful ship! You both should have a great time. Happy cruising and safe travels to all!
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Old 04-30-2005, 06:19 PM
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I envy both of you - what a wonderful cruise. As for packing tips - don't forget the binoculars (an absolute must for an Alaskan cruise). The weather in Alaska is quite changeable and very unpredictable. The average temperature range for July is between 60 and 48 and the average hours of sunlight is 19 hours. Of course there is no such thing as an "average" day in Alaska - enjoy!
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Old 04-30-2005, 07:53 PM
 
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I'm doing the same thing.Looking for any info I can get. This is our third cruise and am now trying to figure out where our next one will be!!
We are on the fourth deck - an inside cabin as I wanted the extra money for the excursions. Plus we are never in our room. We always go up on deck if we want to see. Our favorite is the Vicking Lounge where we just sit and look out.
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Nancy,
I didnt think we were going to be up north enough to have 19 hours of sunlight?
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