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We have a Cruise tour planned with Princess Cruise lines for August 18th-30. What kind of weather can we expect?
>> Ketchikan, situated in the middle of a temperate rain forest, is the wettest city in North America with over 250 days of rain per year. Daytime temperatures are likely to be in the 60's there.
>> Juneau is at the northern edge of the same rain forest, where the weather is highly variable. On sunny days, temperatures in the 80's are likely. On rainy days, temperatures in the 60's are likely.
>> Skagway is far enough up a fjord to get a good chinook, which usually brings sunny weather and temperatures in the 70's or lower 80's.
>> In Anchorage, you probably will encounter good weather with daytime temperatures in the 70's to 80's.
>> And finally, the calving of glaciers provides a steady supply of icebergs into the bays and inlets where they meet the sea, ensuring that they remain full of ice water, which has a temperature of 32 degrees. The air above those bays is not much warmer (typically upper 30's) and quite damp, so you will definitely appreciate a heavy coat, gloves or mittens, and a warm hat when you are out on deck viewing glaciers. If you opt to take a glacier flightseeing tour, you'll also want suitable boots.
Is the helicopter ride to the glaciers worth the money?
A helicopter ride is a real thrill, but those excursions are very expensive. If you are concerned enough about the cost to ask that question... well, let's just say that Alaska offers plenty else to do that's a whole lot less expensive.
BTW, be sure to include a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR)
in your plans for Skagway. It offers a taste of the "gold rush" era coupled with absolutely magnificent scenery! If you book the tour as a shore excursion, the train will depart from and return to the pier.