Capt'n Queeg and I like to collect solar events, so we sailed to Alaska to be as north as possible on June 21.
It was quite an experience to stand on deck and see the glow of sunset on one side and the glow of sunrise on the other. I think sunrise was on the starboard, but I might have had too much port after dinner.
It was a bit nippy at times, but the locals call it summer. That's good enough for me.
pamda -- CM First Time Cruisers Hostess and Collecter of Solar Events
You don't need to pack ALL those sweatshirts !!! Think of the shopportunities to buy MORE. Then you can wear them once and give them as gifts. Washing not essential unless it's a REALLY hot day.
The asolute best place to buy Alaska sweatshirts, in my opinion (of course, I have NEVER been known for shopping), is SOS ... the Skagway Outlet Store. They have EVERYTHING with great prices.
Just walk down the Main Street and, sort of toward the end, it will be on your right.
I'm pretty sure they have a website.
I also think it's Skagway (but it might be Ketchikan) that sports the world's largest rhubarb plant. I won't spoil the fun for you, but be sure to stop and read the plaque in front of it. I do know it's on the left-hand side of the street.
So many ports, so little memory.
pamda -- CM First Time Cruisers Hostess
p.s. One of the funniest questions I've ever been asked is whether or not "they" take American money in Alaska.
I agree with Pamda - we were sailing this year on June 21 and it was great to have so much daylight. It helps to keep your energy level up plus watching sunset and sunrise so close together was neat!! I really think June is the best month!
The weather may be chancy, but you can get great savings on cruises in Alaska if you go early or late in the season. May or September. The difference in price by shifting even a week is pretty remarkable. I wouldn't go in late September, though.
In '93 I worked on the Westerdam for 6 weeks in Alaska in August -Sept. And I'll tell you that no matter what it is the luck of the draw weather-wise. We had cruises where we were so socked in you couldn't see the shore 50 yards away all day. And then we had cruises where the weather was like Palm Springs in October - gorgeous.
I guess all you can do is pray to the local rain deity and hope for the best.
Anytime is the right time to cruise Alaska -- have been there at the end of July and weather was great. Pamda is right about the shopping in Skagway--coupons too-lol. Even if you dont like to shop its worth the visit. I guess what best is whatever fits into your schedule and pocket book. What tough decisions some people have to make.
April-- who would go anytime if she could
Ok -- when is the best animal viewing season-- sorry to say we didnt see many but the fishing was great for my husband and son.-Princess did a wonderful job preparing and serving the salmon my son caught--
Thanks everyone for your comments! I had hoped everyone would come up with the same week - no luck. Oh well - it looks like I will have to get my pencil out and do a tally.
I am really looking forward to sailing to Alaska. Two months ago I would not have considered this trip but Uncle Doug's (what Erin calls DougH) pictures convinced me it would be an awesome trip. Also his stories he told me on the phone (yes Doug I was paying attention) helped.
We are leaving for Alaska this coming week we are out of here for Vancouver on Fri and sailing to Alaska on Sat on the Dawn it can't come soon enouft for us. I how this week is going to move slowly just because I want it to go fast. I will put in bathing suit I looked at temp this morning and it is in the 50 I think I will need a coat.
We traveled the first week of August and found the weather great. If you have the opportunity don't miss Denali National Park. Up in the mountains they just received their first snow of the season. Down towards Anchorage the temputaure was short weather, but in the park you needed sweaters.