Rough seas out of New York???
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From what I understand, Alaska and the Inside Passage, which is the trip we took for our honeymoon three years ago, is typically a calm, easy trip. We had a night of storms in September and had 18-20 foot swells which basically ruined an evening for us. Apparently, NOT TYPICAL for that voyage.
So, I guess the point is that yes, Atlantic waters tend to be choppier, wavier, but we didn't experience much of that ...took what should have been an easy, calm trip and couldn't leave our room for a night due to the rough seas!! Go figure! Weather is often unpredictable and that is part of travel. I would not HESITATE to travel out of a NY or NJ port again -- certainly wouldn't do it in the winter, but anytime after end of May, I think would be fine. Pack some Dramamine, and know that even if the weather is bad, or the waters rough, it will probably only be for an evening or a day.
Good luck with your decision, and have a wonderful voyage, wherever you travel!
For clairfication, it is a myth that Alaska is smoother sailing, it is not, can encounter rough sailing there too. Usual areas outside Vancouver Island on the round trip Seattle sailings and across the Gulf on the one ways.