Somebody told me that the mosquitos are terrible but certain times of the year are worse than others. Does anyone know what they are like in August? We have someone in our party who reacts badly to the bites.
In 2001 it was overcast our first full day at sea and then sunny the rest of the trip until Ketchikan where we had some drizzle. Didn't even need an umbrella. Juneau and Skagway were clear and in the high 70's. Glacier bay some puffy clouds and awsome.
Last day at sea (to Seattle) sunny.
In 2002 again it was overcast the first full sea day. It poured rain in Juneau all day (started just as they pulled up the gangplank. Light rain in Skagway (did need umbrellas) but the rain was off and on. Glacier bay again puffy clouds and still awsome. Ketchikan....get this....sunny and clear! Last day at sea (to Vancouver) sunny.
The only place we ran into mosquitos was on the Chilkat river, on the bank before starting our float down the river to see eagles. The mosquitos there were very agressive. My wife used Avon "Skin so soft" and was not bitten. I used nothing and had welts still visible two weeks later... But the mosquitos were not around on the river or anywhere else. Except for that one location, bugs were not a problem, and if I'd used a bit of repellant, not even then. Have some repellant with you just in case, and enjoy your trip! --Bob
Did a cruise and a landtour in June and agree with others on this board. No problem at all with insects while on the cruise, but lots of mosquitos in the interior. Terrible in Fairbanks and Talkeetna. Used lotion type mosquito repellant. Worked well. Forgot to reapply it one afternoon, however, and was bitten so badly on my ankel that it took about 2 weeks to go down and left a scar about the size of a quarter. My suggestion would be to use your repellant liberally and frequently when in the interior.
You will probably run into mosquitos in any forested area, so plan accordingly. We've traveled to Alaska three times in September and found them in trees whereever we went. In town and along the coast are OK, we never saw any. If I were your friend, I wouldn't risk ruining my vacation by gambling on it.