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i am going on a 10 day cruise/land tour on royal caribbean the first few weeks of august. what type clothes should i pack for shore excursions? for onboard the ship? i know it says to layer but does that mean short sleeve shirt and a jacket; t-shirt with short sleeve shirt; long sleeve shirt; or what? also, would shorts pants be acceptable? thanks.
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Be sure to pack t-shirts, sweat shirts and jacket. You can also pack short pants and even shorts, you may see some warm days. Days start out chilly and then usually warm up. If you are going to any glaciers, a jacket may be needed. Most likely you'll encounter some rain, so pack some kind of water repelent gear.
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i am going on a 10 day cruise/land tour on royal caribbean the first few weeks of august. what type clothes should i pack for shore excursions? for onboard the ship? i know it says to layer but does that mean short sleeve shirt and a jacket; t-shirt with short sleeve shirt; long sleeve shirt; or what? also, would shorts pants be acceptable? thanks.
You can expect considerable variations in weather from place to place. Here's a run-down.

>> Ketchikan, situated in the midst of a temperate rain forest, is the wettest city in North America with an average of more than 250 days of rain per year. Daytime temperatures tend to be in the 60's F (upper 10's C) with nighttime temperatures in the 50's F (lower 10's C). Here, waterproof windbreaker and a hat with a visor should be about right.

>> Juneau is a mixed bag, with rain as likely as not. On rainy days, the temperatures are similar to those of Ketchikan. On sunny days, warmer temperatures in the 70's or lower 80's F (20's C) are more likely. Again, a waterproof windbreaker and a hat with a visor should be about right if it rains.

>> Skagway sits at the end of fjord with high mountains on both sides, so it typically gets a chinook and a lot of sunshine, though it does get some rain as well. Daytime temperatures tend to be in the upper 70's or lower 80's F (upper 20's C) and nighttime temperatures tend to be in the 60's F (upper 10's C). You probably won't need anything here.

>> [b]All glacier areas[/i] tend to be quite cold. The calving action of the glaciers provides a steady supply of ice into their respective bays and inlets, ensuring that those bays and inlets remain full of ice water -- which always has a temperature of 32 F (0 C). The air above those bays cannot get much warmer, so air temperatures in the upper 30's F (lower single digits C) are quite typical. When out on deck to view glaciers (and the wildlife that hang out around them), you will want a winter jacket, hat, and gloves.

>> In the interior, the weather tends to be somewhat warmer -- 80's F (upper 20's or lower 30's C) during the daytime and 60's F (upper 20's C) at night. You probably won't need anything unless you encounter rain, though you might appreciate a sweater or sweatshirt if you are out late at night or very early in the morning.

Have a great cruise!

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