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Having done the Caribbean many times I know what to expect but what about Alaska. Leave on Aug. 24th - live in Florida so will probably find it cool.
You'll encounter quite a variety of cimates on a cruise to Alaska.
>> Ketchikan and Juneau are in the middle of a temperate rain forest. In these cities, daytime temperatures tend to be in the 60's to 70's and you probably will encounter some rain. Bring a waterproof windbreaker, a sweater or sweatshirt that you can wear under it, and a rain hat.
>> In Skagway, daytime temperatures tend to be in the 80's and sunny weather is very likely.
>> The bays containing glaciers are full of ice water, which is always 32 deg. F, due to the calving of the glaciers, and the air above those bays is not much warmer (upper 30's to lower 40's is typical). Coupled with wind from the ship's movement, the air tends to feel quite raw. While visiting glaciers, therefore, you will really appreciate a winter jacket, hat, and gloves.
>> The weather around Anchorage tends to be sunny with temperatures in the 80's during the daytime and dropping into the 60's at night.
Also, bear in mind that weather is variable and that you might encounter temperatures as many as ten or twenty degrees warmer or cooler than these typical ranges.
I should also mention that Alaska's ports of call offer more diversity of attractions and shore excursions than the ports of call in any other cruising region. It's totally impossible to see and to do everything in one cruise. Do what you have time to do, and leave the rest for another trip!