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Quick question regarding what to wear on the ship. We have been on Caribbean cruises, but never Alaska. We are prepared for the outdoors, but what do you wear while on the ship? Do most people wear jeans and sweaters like they would wear outside?

I'm not referring to dining room attire, just casual attire while at sea. Thanks!

The cruise is getting close and we are getting so excited!

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Old 03-08-2007, 08:57 AM
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We sailed to Alaska during May and found there was a range of temperatures from summer (shorts) weather in Vancouver during two days before cruise to early spring (almost winter) temperatures further up the coast. On ship will be indoor weather inside but bundle up while on deck. Princess had great wool blankets for use outside on deck. Best advice, take layers that you can put on and off. Take a good all weather coat as you will likely encounter some cold rainy weather particularly in Ketchican. And don't forget gloves.
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Old 03-08-2007, 11:02 AM
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Originally posted by Nadine M:
Quick question regarding what to wear on the ship. We have been on Caribbean cruises, but never Alaska. We are prepared for the outdoors, but what do you wear while on the ship? Do most people wear jeans and sweaters like they would wear outside?

I'm not referring to dining room attire, just casual attire while at sea. Thanks!

The cruise is getting close and we are getting so excited!

Nadine
On the May cruise we took on HAL most did wear jeans or dockers and sweaters or sweat shirts. The dress during the day was very casual.
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Thank you both! It will seem strange to pack for a cruise and pack gloves, ear muffs, sweatshirts, etc!

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We did a 10 day alaska trip that departed July 7th, 2005. Parts of the cruise it rained, and we FROZE, the rest of the cruise was nice. Thank goodness, some people I was with had brought there umbrellas. We bought extra blankets in the giftshop, to help get warm. I would definately bring an umbrella. I also used space bags, to pack my fluffy sweaters in, and other stuff that wouldn't wrinkle. Be careful of the overlimit weight luggage fees. Good luck with the weather. Lil' Lori
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Nadine, I'm having the same problem. We've only cruised to the Caribbean as well. To me a cruise calls for sunscreen, shorts, swimsuits, etc. This is going to be a bit of a challenge figuring out what to pack. I'm excited, though. Just hope it's not too cold that week.
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We went to Alaska in July 2005 and found that anytime outside, while the ship was en route, it was quite cool no matter the time of day or night. In addition, factor in cool temperatures plus the natural wind plus the wind created by the ship sailing at about 17 knots=windchill. Also, if you go to Hubbard Glacier, the closer you get, the colder it gets; it's remarkable.
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Lil Lori, did your sweaters wrinkle in the space bags? That is what my friends and I were thinking of using.

LanieB, since we will be packing bulky clothes, I will be wearing the same thing several times! I am thinking jeans and sweatshirts will be the apparel of the day!! We are actually doing the land tour first, so will board the Island Princess on 5/21. Looks like you will be leaving as we arrive.

goin' cruisin', we are expecting chilly weather. Just hope it isn't downright COLD!! I have had enough of that in Illinois this winter! I see you live in CA - LUCKY!

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Nadine, I'd like to be doing the land tour as well, but getting that much time off work wasn't possible. Actually, three of our relatives that are going with us are doing the land tour after the cruise, but my husband and I will be flying straight back.
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Our cruise departs for Alaska on June 9, and I'm bringing the following cold/wet weather gear and clothing:

- Ear Band or Muffs
- Gloves
- Jeans (flannel-lined for colder climates)
- Light Fleece Jacket
- Long Underwear (if it's 40 and raining, you'll appreciate these)
- Socks (at least 2 pairs of wool socks for Alaska)
- Sweater or Sweatshirt
- Umbrella
- Waterproof Footwear (like hiking boots)
- Waterproof Rain Hat
- Waterproof Rain Jacket
- Waterproof Rain Pants

I know it may seem crazy to bring some of these things, but I think we'll enjoy the cruise and the excursions if we are warm and dry!
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