A must pack item for AK cruise tour???

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Bring camera with lots of memory cards. Also don't forget to bring waterproof binoculars. We use our 10x42 for two of the Alaska trips
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Anyone take an umbrella?
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Originally posted by crusinpsychRN
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.

And poking someone's eye out while trying to be in a crowded space with others is not fun.

The recommendation is usually to have a good waterproof jacket with hood.
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Sunscreen.
I put it on my face everyday on our Alaskan cruise because with the cool weather you can't feel the sun as strong but it still gets you. My BIL had the back of his neck turn very sore and red from the White Pass Rail and Glacier hike in Skagway. He was starting to peel on the flight home.
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Originally posted by crusinpsychRN
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.

Take GOOD binoculars! Whale sightings from the ship and on the whale watching trip in Juneau!
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Originally posted by Okie1946
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.

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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.


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A really good camera. Lots of scenery requires zoom to get the shot you want.
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All the obvious from above..waterproof gear, hats, gloves, etc. My DH wore the same outer shirt every day, until I washed it and he continued to wear it.
We liked having magnets, and an Alaska map to have on the wall so we could follow our route. Also used magnets to have the latest onboard newsletter. Our cruise had computer classes, and we wanted to be sure to go to those.
I got a collapsible "tray" with compartments from the dollar store, and liked to have it out for miscellaneous stuff. We kept our cabin very tidy(as opposed to at home :-/). I used an over the door small thing from the dollar store and hung it on the towel bar tray, and kept meds, make up, lotion, misc. in it...it took up no room in the luggage, and made it convenient to find stuff in the bathroom.

We took febreeze room spray for the bathroom, which was a nice courtesy item..I figured I would leave it there, but had plenty of room to bring it back, and will use it at home.

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Battery operated clock
thermal mugs for coffee or cold drinks
shelf liner from the dollar store for bedside stands so things wouldn't roll off

We packed all our clothes for Alaska in our carry ons, and took soda, wine, and misc. stuff in our checked bag. DH wore his sport coat on the plane, and carried his fleece. I carried my fleece and waterproof jacket. Had plenty of room, and didn't really overpack...our weather was great, so we didn't need our waterproof stuff, but who knew? Better to be safe than sorry,

You don't need extra hangers on HAL...they had more than we could possibly use, and more closets/storage than we could ever need. Wish the hotels we visit for a week at a time had as much storage/hangers!
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Originally posted by Fear-the-turtle
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.


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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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Thanks for that advice, as much as I didn't want to hear it!
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Layering a fleece jacket with a waterproof jacket over it works just as well as a jacket with a zip out fleece liner.
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I found a rain suit, jacket and pants, at Walmart for $10. Bought one for DH and me and will stick them in the backpack. If we don't need them, I can return them.


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My 3 season jacket should be just fine.
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Do you or anyone else have a source for a wall map of the Inside Passage? I like the idea of having it displayed on the wall of our cabin. I googled around, and couldn't find an inexpensive paper "road" map of the area that could be ordered online.
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Just off the Radiance today and did week before on land. Spent a totally dry time in the mid 90 degrees in Denali and Talkeetna, So pack some t-shirts and shorts.


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90s in Denali? Yikes!! We leave in 2 weeks, cruise first, then 9 days DIY. I'll take your dry weather but not 90! We will pack some shorts though. Thanks for reporting.



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I'm sure it's been posted already, but mosquito repellant is an absolute must. Buy the best brand you can find and don't try to go with the cheapest one available.

It's almost impossible to describe how bad the mosquitos can be.




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We loved (and used) the map that is included with this book: ALASKA CRUISE HANDBOOK.

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.
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Originally posted by subtchr
We loved (and used) the map that is included with this book: ALASKA CRUISE HANDBOOK.

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.
Just ordered. Almost all 5-star reviews. Thanks for the link!
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