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Old February 12th, 2013, 03:55 AM
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Default Pros and cons of May 31 Northbound sailing

I have the July 26th NB cruise booked but looks like I will have to cancel it.

I could possibly go on the May 31st NB cruise.

What are the pros and cons of sailing this early in the season?
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Old February 12th, 2013, 07:21 AM
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I could also possibly go 2 weeks later on June 14th.

Would those two weeks make much of a difference?
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Old February 12th, 2013, 07:46 AM
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I think the May 31 would be great! We went the last of May 2 years ago, the weather was fantastic and we spent a week after exploring the Kenai Peninsula. It was relatively warm in the ports, but quite chilly on board. The only drawback is the salmon are not running and we saw only one bear. Glacier Bay was wonderful! Usually the May sailings are a little cheaper than the June ones also.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 12:14 PM
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While weather is highly variable in Alaska and just because it was great last year or the year before is no indication of what it will be like next year. Statistical June is one of Alaska's drier months (again no guarantees) but the real advantage of a mid June date over a May date would be the longer days as you move closer to the June 21st. While I much prefer the period from mid-July to mid-August I would go with a mid June date over a May date.
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Do you have specific interests or activities that are a priority for this trip? For instance if bear viewing or fishing are a priority, you need to consider the peak periods for whichever location you're visiting.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 12:51 PM
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I always go at the end of May and it has always been wonderful. Last year it was cooler then normal but dry but still wonderful.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 12:55 PM
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... but the real advantage of a mid June date over a May date would be the longer days as you move closer to the June 21st.


In Juneau on May 31st the sun is above the horizon for 17 hours, 46 minutes. On June 14th it's above the horizon for 18 hours, 53 minutes. Either way, even if you don't count almost 3 hours of official twilight, it's shining for longer than I'm up and around.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 01:36 PM
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The end of May can be one of the best times for good weather. The amount of light shouldn’t be a problem. In Juneau the sun sets about 9:45pm the end of May and the middle of June it sets 20 minutes later. In May if you choose an itinerary that includes someplace like Tracy Arm/Sawyer Glaciers or Hubbard Glacier you may have problems getting in very close if there is a late freeze as the ice doesn’t have time to clear the area. Glacier Bay is rarely a problem getting close to glaciers there.
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I like May or very early June the best. We are going May 18th this year. Bill
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I like May or very early June the best. We are going May 18th this year. Bill
Agree..love the first of the season...everything is so fresh and new and the local people are very happy to start the season..I'm going May 17th
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This is a great time to go. And especially, if you are adding time for mainland touring ( go for as long as possible )
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We are on that RCCL sailing and very excited! If you book it make sure you join our roll call
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