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gannab5 February 13th, 2014 02:51 PM

packing for 14 day = alaska 1 week cruise - 1 week land help for July
need help on any suggestions for a 2 week Alaska cruise/land....thanks judy from ct

Cathy100 March 11th, 2014 11:26 PM

Since hubby and I will be doing the same in August I would also love to know.. March 12th, 2014 04:03 AM

We did a two-week cruise tour in Alaska, so I speak from first-hand knowledge.

First, it depends on when you're going. If you're going in May or September, the evenings can be a bit more chilly than during the Summertime.

But keep in mind that the weather can be variable depending on how far north you're going. We went all the way up to Dawson, Yukon and Tok, Alaska. Obviously, this can be a bit more chilly than Anchorage.

The main things we packed, which I would highly suggest; convertible pants. You can zip off the legs if it gets warm during the day and put the legs back on if it's chilly in the morning or evening. Saves having to pack shorts & pants.

Also, pack a good pair of hiking shoes. I actually only packed two pairs of shoes; hiking shoes and sneakers. I wore the hiking shoes for formal nights because I wore a shirt and tie with no jacket. Why pack a suite when you'll only wear it once or twice during the cruise and then have to carry it around on the land portion and never wear it? Everything I packed had a dual purpose; shirts could be worn with a tie for formal night, but also for dinner without a tie for non-formal nights and while eating out on the land portion.

Take a very good pair of binoculars.

Take a great camera with a good zoom lens.

Take layers. Have a nice sweater or sweatshirt along with a good rain jacket. That way you can wear the jacket by itself if it's rainy and warm. Or you can wear the sweater with the jacket if it's rainy and cool. Or you can wear the sweater by itself if it's chilly and dry.

We've spent a month in Europe that included a 12-night cruise while only packing one suitcase per adult. It's all about packing smart and knowing you'll do laundry during your trip, so we do not overpack. As I mentioned, everything we take has a dual purpose - we take nothing than can only be worn for one occasion, including shoes as it's a waste of space.

Hope this helps.


Travelbuggs March 16th, 2014 04:06 PM

Agree with everything cruise planner mentioned. We cruised in mid May and it was chilly! One of the two recommendations I saw the most before our cruise was to dress in layers and wear a light weight water proof shell on top and possibly water proof pants. Since you are going in July, you might be able to get away with just a waterproof shell with light clothing under, but I think it does get very rainy in the summer months. Carry a nylon back pack type thing like you'd use at the gym to hold sweatshirts etc that you can shed or wear as needed. The most important thing is to stay dry. You can use the waterproofing sprays to waterproof shoes, jackets, backpacks, etc. It was appropriately misty and rainy when we did the Misty Fijords tour and was very glad we had the waterproof clothing. Leave the umbrellas at home. Too windy and they get in everyone else's way.

Alaska cruises, I think on all cruiselines, tend to be more informal. We did very little dressing up in the evenings. No ties or jackets.

Donna March 16th, 2014 04:57 PM

If by chance you are cruising on Princess, keep in mind, they do have self service laundry rooms, which can save on a lot of packing space, weight, etc. Not that I enjoy doing laundry while cruising, but it also helps the return to home with nothing but dirty clothes to wash. This also helps eliminate a good deal of that chore...

green_rd March 17th, 2014 08:10 AM

And with Princess you can split your land and sea luggage if you would like.

Haimia March 17th, 2014 01:29 PM

Per green_rd"And with Princess you can split your land and sea luggage if you would like."

What do you mean by "you can split you land and sea luggage"??? We are doing this cruise in 2014.

green_rd March 18th, 2014 08:58 AM

Princess has a program that basically let's you put your "cruise only" clothes in a separate bag. If you tour first this bag will be designated as "join me at sea" and you will turn the bag over to Princess at check in and not see it again until you get to your stateroom for the cruise South.

On the flip side, if you are cruising first you can designate a bag as "join me in Anchorage/Fairbanks." In this case that bag disappears during your tour until you reach your final destination.

Keeping the "join me" theme going, during your tour you will have one "join me tonight" bag that Princess will move from place to place and can have a small tote or backpack for essentials as you travel.

This was all in the Cruiseztour Answer Book from

Truck Cruiser March 21st, 2014 01:56 AM

Cruise Planner Pete also mentioned to me once that you should pack all your cruise items in 1 suitcase and all your land items in the other suitcase that way you only have to open 1 at a time. Plus if a piece of luggage was to get lost by the airlines you will still have clothes to wear. March 21st, 2014 02:07 PM

Not only that, but you should always pack 1/2 your stuff in your wife's suitcase and 1/2 her stuff in your suitcase. That way if a bag gets lost, both of you still have clothes to wear.

Pete May 17th, 2014 10:18 PM

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Cathy100 July 9th, 2014 01:41 AM

I read in my package that we could also split out luggage.. some will stay on the bus and others will go with us each night to the hotel on the land portion.. it's so confusing now but I am sure it will all be fine come time to do it.. We are on the August

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