Posted May 27th, 2004, 09:20 AM
scbutler... what time of year are you referring to?
i think the original poster asked about going in May of next year ... the Alaska weather in May will still be a bit on the cool side. Also there is more chance of rain and fog in May and September than there is during June/July/August.
the key to go to Alaska is to dress in layers. temps can vary dramatically from city to city so you have to be prepared to layer it on and peel it off as you go along. when i went in July of last year we had 2 days of misty weather and then Ketchikan was "hot" literally. they said that was the warmest weather they'd experienced all season and we were sweating.
finally, i beleive the one real drawback of cruising to Alaska so early in the season such as in May is the chance that you might not see as much wildlife as you would later in the season. in may some of the humpback whales are still migrating up to alaska from hawaii. although i am sure that if you do any of the wildlife/whale watching excursions in juneau that guarantee a whale, you'll probably see at least a few, but later on in the season, you can see a bigger variety, including killer whales, and you can see them in greater quantity.
but regardless of when you decide to go to alaska, just go. its a trip you'll never forget!
...til 9/04 - Jewel of the Seas - Canada / New England
...til 7/04 - Zuiderdam - Western Caribbean
7/03 - Zaandam - Alaska
4/03 - Norweigan Star - Hawaii
7/96 - Noordam - Alaska
7/96 - Golden Princess - Alaska
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