We are trying to decide where would be better to go the last week of July. It's between Alaska or the Carribean. We're concerned it will be hot and sticky (especially on shore) in the Carribean, but don't want cold, dark, and rainy weather, either. Also, this will be our first cruise! Any suggestions? Thanks!
It shouldn't be cold, dark and rainy in August in the inland passage.
In the Caribbean, August = hurricane season (very hot, very humid). That would make my decision!
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Alaska will be neither Cold (except for on a glacier) or dark (end of July will be about 12 - 13 hours of daylight. There is always a possibility of Rain during the summer months in Alaska (however, we got lucky 3 years ago as they were in a drought and hadn't had any rain for 3 weeks) and weather could be a factor on some excursions (our dog slediing excursion was cancelled due to fog (which happens often from what we were told).
Caribbean will be Hot (although not that much hotter than usual but it could be more humid and hurricanes are a concern).
Cost would be a big factor. Alaska will be more expensive (at least excursions) than the Caribbean.
For what I spent on my Alask trip I would have preferred to spend a week or two inland and really enjoy all that Alaska has to offer. To me cruising is warm weather and beaches (not that I don't enjoy the cruise experience itself).
I say get a good deal on the Caribbean cruise, get insurance just in case, and enjoy your first cruise.
Thanks so much for the replies. Unfortunately, we're finding that the Alaska cruises are really getting full. Some say "waitlist only" when we try to choose a cabin. It may end up being the Carribean after all. We are used to HEAT, being from Phoenix, but not humidity!
If you choose the Caribbean in July make sure you have travel insurance. I would go for Alaska at that time, as the weather should be pretty nice in July. That is the best time of year in Seattle and Vancouver at least in my opinion.
Just keep in mind that if you go to the Caribbean you may not go to the ports in the brochure since the ships will divert to avoid hurricanes.
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