What to Pack For a Alaska Cruise – Clothes Edition

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Hey cruisers,
It’s Sheri with CruiseTipsTV with tips on what to pack for a Alaska cruise – clothes edition. See our other what to for a cruise videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCLybRxC0VFJRBf7B0Y6lBFUAHTPwEs3o We also have a cool Alaska packing list market from Amazon: http://www.cruisetipstv.com/alaska-cruise-shopping-list So check that packing stuff out too. Packing for a Alaska cruise 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, here are our packing tips for Alaska cruise.
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 list of Alaska cruise must haves was helpful. Subscribe for more packing hacks, and other tips about what to pack for a cruise.

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