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Old November 4th, 2006, 09:16 PM
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We are sailing on the Mercury 7/27/07 to Alaska and was wondering if we will need winter clothes like we do during our New England winters??? This will be a change for us, as we have done only tropical cruises and need the advise of previous Alaskan cruisers. Thank you in advance.


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No, don't think so.

We sailed on the Regal Princess - 10 days to Alaska out of San Francisco in July of 2005. The weather was beautiful. Don't forget your bathing suit! Was able to sit in the hot tub on the back of the ship and watch the ice float by....weather was in the 60's for our entire cruise.

I wish you wonderful weather like we had, you will have a wonderful time, Alaska is fabulous. You are sailing at the most ideal time of the year too!

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I agree....we sailed the Infinity to Alaska in May. We were the second ship out for the season, and everyone was very surprised at the lack of snow!
'global warming?'

The weather was very warm and we all tended to overdressed, except in the evenings...they're always cooler at sea anyway.

BUT Alaskan weather is always up for grabs...so, be prepared by bringing a couple of sweaters and jackets to layer, especially if you plan to go on excursions. Layering is your best bet regarding Alaskan weather!
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We went on an Alaskan cruise in early July of 2002. The weather was nice on land but pretty cold at night on the ship and we had quite a bit of rain and wind so bring your rain gear just in case. Usually, if you're prepared, the bad weather stays away We had also heard from a lot of people that they had had beautiful weather, in the 70s so we were disappointed when the highs were in the 50s and 60s each day. I think if you prepare yourself for some cooler weather and the nicer weather comes it will be a pleasant surprise! In any event, enjoy your cruise, the scenery in Alaska is beautiful.
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We sailed Summit to Alaska in early Aug. '03 with a land tour beforehand. The weather was amazingly warm. We hardly ever had to wear our sweatshirts/windbreakers. It was cold outside in the evening, but we were always on the ship with normal indoor temps. We didn't take any heavy outwear, depending on layering. Layering is the key. Be prepared for warm and cold, just in case.
It was cold outside near the Hubbard Glacier, which I expected. On shore we were usually in shirtsleeves, but always took a sweatshirt along. I kept thinking I should just skip the sweatshirt because it was just one more thing (actually two--DH put his in my tote bag.) to carry. but i decided to be prepared in case the weather changed quickly--it never did. We encountered some drizzle twice--pulling into Denali on the train in early evening--no problem because we stayed in for the evening
and just as we were walking back to the dock for the tender back to the ship in Sitka--again, no problem because our walking tour was finished and we were soon on the covered tender and back on the ship.
Temps during the day on shore were in the 60s-70s. It's cold on moving excursion boats, e.g, whalewatching, paddlewheel. It was cold on the connection platform outside the fast-moving White Pass Railway train when I was taking pics in the mountains, but warm (too warm!) inside and warm back in Skagway when we walked around later.
You will not believe the flowers and vegetables found in private and public gardens all over Alaska. They are mutants! With so much sunlight during the short growing season plants get huge!
Bottom line-leave the parkas at home and go with layers to put on and take off as needed.

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Did you really think they had different weather for the ship? The cruise line orders warm weather? Ha ha!
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Who wants warm weather if your going to Alaska ?....Thats why we sail there every summer.( to escape hot weather.)
We just love the cool temps and enjoy the moderate summer temps there.
We have been cruising there every summer for the last 8 years.
We are are trying Iceland and Greenalnd in summer of 07 to see what they are like.

Best wishes ...Alaska is a great destination although it seems like there is less and less snow every time we go there.
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Manny,

We are sailing on the Mercury 7/27/07 to Alaska and was wondering if we will need winter clothes like we do during our New England winters??? This will be a change for us, as we have done only tropical cruises and need the advise of previous Alaskan cruisers. Thank you in advance.

If your itinerary includes glaciers, I definitely recommend a heavy jacket, gloves, and a hat. The bays with glaciers are full of ice water -- which always has a temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit -- because the glaciers calve to provide a steady supply of ice. The temperature of the air above those bays will not be much warmer -- perhaps upper 30's -- so you will be glad that you have the sort of jacket that you would wear under those conditions. The same is true if you plan to take any of the helicopter excursions that land on glaciers.

Have a great cruise!

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we have done alaska 2 times--first time it was very cold-few people had brought gloves hats--lucky them.Layering is the answer

the second trip was warmer 70ish
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I want to thank everyone who responded.....you were very helpful and we will take your advice about the layering. Seems it will be easier to pack that way than with heavy winter gear. We are very excited about this our first cruise to Alaska and can't wait.


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