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Old July 16th, 2011, 01:47 AM
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Question Do I need Sunglasses? in Alaska

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This is my first posting.

We will be on Goldenprincess for Akaska in September.
We dont know how we can see the Sun.
Do we need Sunglasses?

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Old July 16th, 2011, 02:01 AM
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Sunglasses were helpful for us on our Alaskan cruise. They don't take much room and if you are sensitive to light you might want to bring a pair.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 02:18 AM
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Yes, you will need sunglasses. Especially if you decide to go up on the glacier. The reflected sun off of the glacier can cause sun blindness.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 03:05 AM
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Yes, definitely bring them! The sun does come out in Alaska, and the glare off water and ice can be intense.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 03:12 AM
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If it isn't rainy and overcast it will be sunny. As another poster said ice, water and such put up a lot of reflected light and glare. Bring glasses and hope you get to use them

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Hello.
This is my first posting.

We will be on Goldenprincess for Akaska in September.
We dont know how we can see the Sun.
Do we need Sunglasses?

Thank you in Advance.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 07:51 AM
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The only time you may not really need sun glasses in Alaska is between January and March. But I would still bring them. As already mentioned, there is still glare off the glaciers. During the harsh winter period, the sun may not rise until 10 or 10:30, and start going down about 2 pm.

During the summer though, I found it does not really get dark. From around 10 pm until around 3 am, it is like dusk. It was amazing to be out doing things at 2 am, and it was not dark. Thoughm if it is overcast or raining, the visibility is decreased.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 09:01 AM
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You should wear sunglasses whenever you are in the sun...sun doesn't just damage your skin....it can damage your eyes! Always wear polarized glasses!
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I wouldn't take a cruise without sunglasses... the glare off the ice in Alaska can be rough!
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The sun does shine in Alaska.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 05:40 PM
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Yes, definitely take sun glasses with you. It's not only good in port but also on the ship when on the open deck.

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Had to chuckle, I think those of us in the Pacfic Northwest HAVE to wear sunglasses. We're not used to seeing that bright ball in the sky! Bring your sunglasses.
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I would certainly advise bringing sunglasses on an Alaskan cruise. You may well need them at sea and if you are going on any excursions that will but you on or close to snow or glaciers.

By the way, welcome to Cruise Critic and I hope you have a wonderful cruise to Alaska.
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Old July 17th, 2011, 03:19 AM
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Old July 17th, 2011, 10:47 AM
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Default Thanks a lot.

Thank you for a lot of replying to my question!

We will go to a glasses store soon.

Thank you.
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Old July 17th, 2011, 03:02 PM
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Old July 17th, 2011, 03:13 PM
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Do we need Sunglasses?
Yes.

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Old July 17th, 2011, 09:16 PM
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Yes, you should take sunglasses with you.
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Only in June and July
Because the sun doesn't shine in May, August and September???????
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