Was looking at a 7 day cruise to Alaska next Sept., is this a good time to go? It starts at B.C. then the inside passage, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Hubbard Glacier, then last day Anchorage. Does this sound like a good iteniary or should I be looking at another one? This one is Holland America. Thanks for your help
We just cruised RT on the Radiance of the Seas 9/10-17 because of a great Military offer on Interliner. Many people said it was a good rate because it was late in the season, 2nd to last cruise. Well, we had the BEST cruise ever. It only sprinkled in Juneau and Skagway but we had total sunshine in Ketchikan. The weeks before us had rain everyday. No one can predict weather so I say go when you can. There were also only about 20 children on board. Also, since it was the 2nd to last cruise of the season, we got some great bargains...50 to 75% off merchandise both on board and in port. This was just our experience and we enjoyed it.
Teresa and Larry
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Sounds like a good basic Alaska cruise itinerary to me. We cruised the last Alaska cruise of the season last year. In several poerts we were the last ship (or ships) they would see for the year. Weather varied but never
discouraged a wonderful cruise experience.
On board souvenirs were 75% off and on shore some as much a 90% off.
Many stores were closing for the season as we sailed away.
We had Cold rain in Juneau, a half and half day in Skagway, bright sunshine in Ketchican (known for rain) and cold icy rain at Hubbard glacier. Best cruise I have ever done.
We had exceptionally good weather the first week in Sept. a few years ago, even saw the temp hit 70 two afternoons, but I think that was unusual. The day we had at Hubbard glacier also was the best day the captain had, had in weeks, so we got lucky there as well. In Skagway we did the White Pass train first thing in the AM and it was crystal clear and so re-freshing, I loved it! As previous posters have mentioned, you can pretty much expect anything there, also remember it is a rain forest, so you can pretty much expect to see some. We had a rainy afternoon in Juneau after we did the whale watching with Capt. Larry, so it was a good time to just check out the town. I absolutely love the towns in Alaska, my favorite Skagway, what a lovely town.
Sept. has the potential for the worse weather of the Alaska sailing season, with that factor multiplying the farther into Sept. you go.
But are you also considering time in interior Alaska. My opinion only, I never go one way without at least another week. Be aware that Denali Park "closes" the shuttles by mid Sept. There is the potential of the lottery for your own drive in, if of interest? Northern Lights are very possible, superior interior vs Inside Passage. If you go just Inside Passage past the first week of Sept. On average, expect 3 days of rain, temps 40-50, and dusk by 7pm. Preparation is the key to a great time.