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Old April 9th, 2012, 07:52 PM
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We booked a cruise to Alaska mid May 2013 and I would like to hear a few pros and cons as I am now wondering if we chose a good month . Like when is the worst time of yr for misquitoes and rain . And when is a good time to see wildlife and possibly the Aurora Borialis . Thanks for any imput
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My wife and I cruised to Alaska in May 2008 .The weather was great ,sunny and in the 70's every day .
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I have cruised Alaska in early May, mid-September and late July. The best weather was early May and the worst was late July.

July has the most rain but the warmest temperatures.

The earlier or later in the year you go the "chances" of seeing the Northern Lights is better because there is less daylight but, even in May, it will not get "dark" until well after midnight. Also the Aurora Borealis is not something that happens every night or even every week so don't count on it.

I do suggest you take along some sort of rain wear and dress in layers. Rain can happen at any time and temperatures can go from the low 40's to upper 70's in one day.

Something no one can guarantee is the weather so you do take chances no matter when you book.

Have a great time and I hope you have a wonderful May cruise.
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Went once in Early Sept. and that weather was chilly, but still nice. Then again in July and that was exceptional... You just never know what exactly to expect, but in most cases, there could be some rain...
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I can let you know in a couple of months. Lol My first time cruise to Alaska will be May 25th through June 1st. I booked in late May because it was over $500 a ticket cheaper than booking in the summer months. I sure hope they have the warmer than average weather we are having in the south. I checked the other day and Skagway was only 3 degrees colder than we were.
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The weather here in the Midwest has been so weird this year, winter was very mild, an early spring, so who knows what the summer will hold.

Hoping you have wonderful weather for your Alaska cruise!
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There are no weather guarantees in Alaska. if you go and have nice weather almost every day (we did once in late August) then count yourself VERY lucky.

But I did a 6-week contract there once and I can tell you sometimes it was clear as a bell and other days it was pea soup. It is all the luck of the draw and I really felt sorry for the people who couldn't see anything in the Inside Passage.
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We've been May and September. May we had much better weather, sunbathing in Glacier Bay and people in the pool. But as mentioned, Alaska is a crap shoot anytime of year.
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