Since weather is so unpredictable in Alaska -- it can be warm and sunny or cold and rainy -- I take clothing I can layer. For a one-week cruise, I take two cotton sweaters to put over a T-shirt, four pairs of daytime pants, polo/T-shirts, two pairs of shorts, jogging/hiking shoes, water-proof poncho with hood (very important!). Binoculars and insect repellant (Skin So Soft, by Avon), if traveling in July/August. For the two formal nights, I take a black silk pants suit with camisole and jewelry. Pants can then be used the second formal night, with a flowing tunic. Just one pair of black evening shoes for formal, flats for casual nights. Oh, and a framed photo of my dog, Mr. Ying
I have yet to make a cruise where I haven't forgotten something (a hair brush, alarm clock), but I'm making progress!
Anne: On a recent trip to Paris, the real Mr BowWow in our house removed all my socks from the suitcase prior to our closing the cases. I wonder if you ever had any similar problems from Mr Ying. Also, don't you wish you could bring Mr Ying along for the cruise?
Trying to decide what to wear in the evenings is really tough. I am used to the Caribbean and wear lots of sleeveless summer dresses with wraps on casual nights. Guess that won't work in Alaska. Both of the formals I am taking are long, sleeveless gowns - I have lightweight wraps for both or I can wear a mink stole. Will this be too much? I am having the hardest time getting my packing list together for this trip. I plan on casual docker type pants with cotton sweaters for casual. I have the daytime clothes figured out. Also we are sailing in mid June and will have 2 nights in Seattle and 1 in Vancouver - what to wear to a nice dinner - sleeveless summer dresses with wraps?
We are sailing on Radiance - made the final deposit call today!! Can't wait!!!
I live near Seattle and will soon be taking my second Alaska cruise during the month of May. Re: evening wear, my gowns are also sleeveless so I take an elegant sweater or scarf-type shawl just to put over my shoulders while on board ship. The dining room is generally house-temperature so I doubt you'll be uncomfortable. While in Seattle and Vancouver a lightweight jacket or wrap would be advisable because you'll probably be outside for a brief period before entering the restaurant. Your mink stole would not be necessary and would be a bit out-of-place here.
Hope you enjoy your cruise and visiting our beautiful Northwest!
I really didn't want to bring it but I froze just about every night in the Caribbean in Dec in the dining room. I have nice shawl wraps for each of the dresses but wondered if I needed something warmer. One less thing to pack!