Would love to know which of the tours your would suggest. Also what kind of weather we can expect for packing. We have cruise on the Summit before, love it. Do you know if they let you bring your own wine on board?
You need to look over a shore excursion list and narrow down your interests. There are just too many excellent tours to recommend. Have all your reservations and plans in place before you leave. Time is too short once there.
As for weather, expect ave temps 40-55, ave. 3 days of rain, dusk by 7pm. So take good rain gear, 2 pair of walking shoes, layers and plan your touring carefully considering your early dusk. Consider getting out to a dark area of your ship during the night for northern lights. Forget lit up outside decks- just too much light. If your ship has one, ideal are the front decks under the bridge. If your ship has a naturalist, hook up with them for current information.
Tours are hard to suggest for someone else. Level of activity, interests and expense are widely variable. See as much as you can beyond the towns and stores at the ports.
Get up to the top of White Pass in Skagway, out to Mendenhal Glacier in Juneau, perhaps whale watching in Juneau (plenty of eagles and sea lions to see as well).
Perhaps out of town in Ketchican to Saxman Village. More adventurous can go flightseeing, dogsledding, kayaking, bear watching etc.
Weather can be immensley variable. Last year in September we encountered, cold rain in Juneau and Skagway (but were in tee shirts at the end of the day in Skagway). We had temps of 30 degrees (f) at Hubbard Glacier and 80 degrees and no rain (it is supposed to rain ) in Ketchican. Sailing the inside passage we had sunny 70 degrees with cold damp later afternoons. Weather can be very unpredictable.
Yes you can bring a bottle or two of wine onboard. If you bring it to the dining room you will be charged a corkage fee which I believe now runs $12 or $15.
we got off the summitt yesterday. it's warm in vaancouver now but gets colder as you go north. you must be getting on in seward.
in seward we took a kenai fijords trip on somethine marine boat tours. resonable nice people great ranger (cindy) and we saw so much. we had a beautiful day.
email me off group for some other suggestinons we did not use cruise trips we got off and figured it out ourselves.
The above is referring to Major Marine in Seward, Kenai Fjords also does excellent tours. It is my top recommended trip for varied wildlife and close up glacier viewing. You need at least 6 hours on the water.
I only recommend having plans and reservations IN PLACE before you leave. Time is way too short and you will be very limited if you wait until in port to decide what to do.
You need to do your homework- this way your choices will be best for you.
Just back from Alaska cruise. Brought two bottles of wine in carry-on luggage, no problem. Also, friend put in a small bottle of Vodka in checked luggage and no problem again.
While in port, we were told by the store that most of the ships won't bother you if you bring back 6 beers. So we did.... again no problem.
Most of the drinks on the ships are around $5.00. It can add up so I highly recommend bringing your own. We would go back to our room, fill our glass and then join our group in whatever lounge they were visiting. Never had a problem.