OK, so everyone who's been on an Alaska Cruise before recommends wind pants. I just did a quick search for wind pants, and the prices range from $19.99 to almost $200.00. Where did you get your pants and what are your recommendations on brand and price?
You will see more people in jeans than windpants by a big margin, even if Karen would disagree. You can buy them anywhere, the problem is they aren't the most flatterying style for everyone, getting them short enough for many people is a problem. Many of them don't have elastic in legs, use wider bottoms with small zippers which makes length critical. I took a pair last year, but found them too long. They definitely pack smaller, don't wrinkle as much. We never had so much rain that we needed them.
As a many time visitor who always hikes in every port, the wind pants are far superior. They are at Walmart and I have NEVER gotten ones without elastic on the ankles so the "too long" complaint was not an issue. They are worn only for function and I never care how they look.
As we would have no need for wind pants except on this trip, we found an inexpensive alternative that we think will work fine for us. We bought a couple of cans of scotch-guard and are spraying items that we'll be wearing outdoors on excursions.
Scotch-guard makes clothing water-resistant, not water-proof, but it is good enough for us. A $3.00 can covered two pair of jeans and 2 good-sized back packs. A 2nd can covered 4 pair of walking shoes and 2 long-sleeved shirts.
We've had some rain lately so have had the opportunity to try out our newly water-resistant clothing. It works even better than we had hoped.
The post man just delivered my new Tencel wind suit from Nordstrom.
I've tried them on and they feel great. I've had wind pants before and was glad I did for those early morning laps around the deck and all day long when sailing up the California coast on a cruise I took several years ago in May. There also great for those fogy summer days at the beach here in norther California.
Only 10 more weeks until I sail out of San Francisco to Alaska. I'm sure I'll get lots of use out of my wind suit on our 6 days at sea.