My family is taking a Celebrity Cruise up to Alaska next month. We're from Hawaii, so anything below 70 degrees is quite chilly to us. Seriously, what type of clothing should we be taking with us. We have a hunch we don't need winter parkas, gloves, boots, but what is "normal" for May in Alaska.
HI S & S,
If you plan on any excursions on glaciers, you will need some warmer jackets, hats and mittens, etc. For just regular around town kind of excursions, pack a few sweat-shirts and t-shirts and layer your clothing and as the day warms up you can peel the top layer off. It can be chilly onboard too, I brought and wore gloves and just layered my clothes and was fine. Be sure to bring a good pair of walking type shoes, nothing brand new and not broken in, you want to be warm and comfortable.
A great excursion in Juneau is whale watching. There are private companies that you can book with or if you'd rather go with a larger group, there are ship excursions. In Ketchikan, we enjoyed the White Pass railway and your best bet is to book with the cruiseline for that. Its rather long, but very scenic and fully narriated, so you learn a lot on the way up enjoying the sights.
Bring a wide range of attire- including- lined lightweight jacket, layers of turtlenecks, sweatshirts, knit hat, gloves, 2 pair of walking shoes, rain gear. Layers and quick drying are the key. I do laundry in Skagway- greatly cuts down on bulk.