HAL Amsterdam, 2008 Alaska
Carnival Pride, 2003
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Anyone take an umbrella?Some people have. It's generally not a recommended item, as it's difficult to handle an umbrella, camera, tour books, and whatever else you might have in your hands while out touring.
Anyone take an umbrella?Just back. Took an umbrella, never needed it. We had gorgeous weather the whole time. No rain and it wasn't cold except in the fjord.
If you have a jacket that is the nylon/windbreaker type that also has a detachable fleece liner BUT is not waterproof, my mother suggested that we purchase a can of SCOTCHGARD and really spray the outer jacket really well. Did it and it worked better (and was cheaper) having to purchase a new jacket. Will be taking the same jacket with me but will add a couple of sweatshirts as we are going farther north than the last two cruises.I like your idea of Scotchguarding the jacket. Could you tell if the spray affected the feel of the jacket (stiff or sticky) or the fabric? I am borrowing a friend's very thin down jacket and would like to spray it, if you think it would be ok.
Alaska - Westerdam - September 2009
Alaska- Rotterdam - September 2010
Mexican Riveria - Oosterdam - April 2011
Future Cruises – in planning stage:
2012 - Alaska - 14 day cruise
2013 - Eastern Med - 28 day (includes cruising Black Sea)
I like your idea of Scotchguarding the jacket. Could you tell if the spray affected the feel of the jacket (stiff or sticky) or the fabric? I am borrowing a friend's very thin down jacket and would like to spray it, if you think it would be ok.Trust me - scotchguard spray will NOT make a garment even close to water resistant - I tried! Buy a waterproof jacket - you will never regret it! I was the only one who did not have one in our group and I was wet and miserable! Bought a Columbia Bugaboo 3 in one jacket when I got home! Is perfect and kept me water proof in Venice during all the flooding last December. Light weight and can be worn several ways! See if you have a Columbia outlet near you- best money I have spent in a long time!
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We loved (and used) the map that is included with this book: ALASKA CRUISE HANDBOOK.Just ordered. Almost all 5-star reviews. Thanks for the link!
The book is great, too!
I wouldn't recommend hanging the map on the wall, as we had it out with us on the balcony to refer to often.
I noticed the same map for sale in some of the shops around the ports, but we were glad to have it ahead of time.