We were in Alaska end of May. Your footwear needs to be comfortable and sturdy. We did a variety of activities and we took a variety of shoes but ended up wearing our tennis shoes almost the entire time. These were ones that we had worn before, I would not suggest trying to break in new shoes on a trip to Alaska. You don't want to have to worry about sore, tired feet. No reason, though, that you could not wear flip-flops or sandals on the ship. Have a great time.
I'm no expert having only been to Alaska for the first time this past May, but we did a variety of excursions, lots of walking through the towns and hiked to the Mendenhall Glacier and we took hiking boots along with our tennis shoes and some other casual shoes (way too many pairs of shoes!!), and still wore tennis shoes the entire time we were off the ship. I would guess that if you do a flightseeing tour of the glaciers where you land on the glacier itself, Ugg boots may be needed, but a lot of the tour companies provide foot gear if special boots are needed. Other than that, even at the end of May, the only snow we encountered was on our 4x4 Jeef safari to the Yukon. DH did manage to get his jeep stuck in the snow, but other than that and some water run-off from the snow, we did not need any kind of boots. We never did get wet feet. A little dirty on the dog-sledding to the musher's camp, but still needed only our tennis shoes. Good advice from PeterC to have an extra pair in case your shoes do get wet. We had light rain only our first day in port at Sitka - other than that, dry the entire time. Sudden short rain showers are to be expected, though, and it would be miserable for you if you did not have a dry pair of shoes to wear. Especially in Ketchikan, where we did a lot of walking, our tennis shoes were all we needed. The weather was a lot warmer than we expected at the end of May, and I would imagine now that boots would probably not be needed. As everyone who gives advice will tell you, dress in layers! We wore fleece over long-sleeved pullover tops over t-shirts and took waterproof jackets with us everywhere, and the fleece came off, hardly wore the jackets, believe me, we were plenty overdressed! We did dress warmly when we sailed through the glaciers - the air coming off of the glaciers is cold and I am glad I had my scarf and gloves - but other than that, we won't take nearly as much stuff the next time we go!
Hey CA Crusier, I'm with you any info is good info. I am the one that you e mailed on other board on meet and mingle. I just received my doc today and went into the RCI board and preregistered. Do you do it on line or do the fill out the book . Does it matter as far as expediting check in ? I think each person wonders what is in store and then we get there and we feel as thought we are right on> Hope to meet you on the cruise. My wife and I are anxiouslyly waiting for our trip. Happy cruising>
I think I answered you back on the other board but nice to see you here again. We are also getting anxious for this trip, especially my husband. Yes, we always fill out the preboarding info on like and it does save time of having to do it at check in. Looking forward to meeting you as well and seeing Alaska together.
Teresa and Larry
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Unless you plan on doing some real hiking on rough or slippery terrain I would say that leather tennis shoes will do just fine.
I pack one pair of lightweight, waterproof over shoes. They are the "Totes" type but a little heavier with a non-slip sole. I use them in the winter, hear in Minnesota. They work just fine and take little or no space or weight in the suitcase. You can purchase them through Cabelas online catalog or a sporting goods store.
Temsco, helicopter glacier tour, did provide us provide us with footwear to wear on the glacier.
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Im surprised no one mentioned a nice pair or hiking boots or day hikers. I got mine for a cruise to Costa Rica to romp through the rainforest. They hold up better then sneakers, get less dirty being tan and black, grip wet pavement well. I wear them all the time and spending a bit more money I got a very comfortable pair, (about $50) better then the cheap one's because your feet would end up hurting and you don't want that to slow you down on vacation.