Posted June 14th, 2008, 10:06 AM
We cruised Alaska in August and found it to be quite temperate. There was rain a couple of days, in Ketchikan and Juneau, but that is to be expected. Unfortunately, no one can predict the weather this far in advance, it may get as cool as the 60's, but they can also have a heat wave in Alaska, too!
Light layers that you can add or take away is best. Do take a couple tank tops, a couple short sleeved T's as well as some long sleeved T's. A lightweight, longer length raincoat is ideal, leave the winter coat at home. You'll be much more comfortable layering rather than heavier clothes, light layers are a whole lot easier to pack, too. You will definitely have one cool day, the day at the glacier, but it only lasts a few hours and many ships will provide blankets.
Don't forego your bathing suit and take a pair of sandals for the pool, you may also be happy that you packed along at least one pair of shorts as well.
We didn't find the temps to drop all that much in the evening at sea. We took walks up on deck late every single night and barely needed a jacket. We also left the door to our balconey open all night, it was heaven
The best thing to do is to go to www.weather.com
a day or two before you leave, to see what the weather trend will be for each and every port you'll visit, they can be different.
One tip I followed and regretted was to pack an extra pair of sneakers, in case the first pair got wet. The little bit of rain we encountered got our shoes wet, but no more than a bit of rain at home. Since there were the 4 of us, our kids are full grown, adult sized teens, that was 4 extra pair of shoes in the suitcases....a lot of extra weight and wasted suitcase space. Since every other day was a sea day, our shoes had plenty of time to dry and we wore sandals onboard the ship.