My wife(26 wks pregnant at time of sailing) and I will be on the rccl Serenade of the Seas 6/28/08. [br]Starting from Vancouver, British Columbia; Inside Passage, Alaska; Icy Strait Point, Alaska; Hubbard Glacier, Alaska; Skagway, Alaska; Juneau, Alaska; and back to Vancouver, British Columbia. [br]I read it's mostly like riding on glass, but at times as rocky as in the pacific/gulf. Do you agree? thks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There is no way to predict, but the always "smooth as glass" is a myth. Alaska sailings can and do get rough. Three of my round trip Vancouver cruises had very rough sailing, one lasting 3 days. Most all cruises now do more outside passage sailing than several years ago. Out to ocean part of the trip is usual.
You haven't chosen the roughest route- round trip Seattle however.
We found it was roughest heading to Hubbard Glacier (on our trip from Juneau) and then again back to Sitka. Many people were sick, including ship staff.
But you never know how it'll effect you. I've gotten sick before on sail boats and sort of assumed I'd get sick on rough seas but didn't at all. Which actually made the rocking of the ship fun.
Cold Water Cruising is different than Caribbean. I did have to wear the patch and keep replacing it on least years Alaska cruise. Normally, I only have to wear it the first few days...or if I get caught in the hurricane.
I'm not sure what your wife can take. If she can take meclizine, (it's the pill they sometimes had out on ships, you can buy the chewable ones at WalGreens in a bottle of 50 for about $12.00 before you go and you both will be covered. Sometimes they have to order it an they do keep it behind the counter. I highly recommend it.
She might also try the arm bands. You can get those at the drugstore as well but she must put them on way before she gets on the boat and keep them on. If she keeps fooling with them...they are not as affective. It's hard not to mess with them.
McKinzy, what was the itinerary for your Alaskan cruise? We always wear the patch to be safe, but have never done Alaska before. Will be doing Vancouver R/T inside passage this June.....Ketchikan, Juneau, Prince Rupert. I was not anticipating the use of the patch for this trip, guess we will bring some just to be safe. Nothing worse than being sick and being unable to EAT on a cruise.
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We cruised with Princess out of Vancouver,to Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay to Whittier. Our cruise was September. The only time we felt any movement at all was after Glacier Bay cruising crossing the Gulf of Alaska. We did have white caps but the movement was so slight it was barely felt at all.
I guess it has more to do with the weather conditions. We were not in a storm, but it was cloudy and misting, to light rain. That was our experience.