Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Lines (Mainstream) > Holland America
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old August 1st, 2009, 01:28 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 4
Default clothing for alaska, glacier cruising, ambience, tour costs

Hello everyone. We are sailing on the Statendam for a two week glacier discovery cruise. One of the excursions we have chosen is Dog sledding on the Norris Glacier. We have noted that glacier boots are provided, but do we need super warm clothing e.g salopettes? The tour is at the end of August. I feel the cold at the best of times ,so I want to have the right clothing, but do not want to take anything uneccessary.
Another couple of questions too. We have four days glacier cruising without disembarking. What happens on the ship on these days? Is everyone out on deck, is there a scramble for sunbeds and chairs, are there lectures? Just wanted to know.
Also what is the atmosphere like in the evening, is it lively or does everyone scuttle off to bed after dinner?
As everything is automated with check in , excursion booking, tickets etc. I feel as if there has been very little information availabe about the cruise as a whole. We are HAL virgins so any info whatsoever will be useful.

Another point I would like to comment on was that we had to pay for all of our tours upfront , which cost nearly $4,500 in April, more than the cost of the cruise. We did not expect this at all as usually tours are paid for at the end of the cruise. The dollar against the £ was really poor in April, coupled with the fact that we had not expected to pay so soon, so beware if you are booking tours.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old August 1st, 2009, 09:08 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 1,273
Default

What are "salopettes"????????

You always have to pay for excursions up front. If you booked them with HAL and they are cancelled because of weather, etc., then your money will be returned as a credit to your shipboard account, I believe.

Can't help you with clothing for your Dog Sled excursion, as we have never done that.

Most people are out on deck, on their verandahs or in the Crow's Nest for the Glacier cruising. There are plenty of sunbeds so don't worry about that.

You won't need super warm clothing, just layer your garments. When we were in Alaska the end of August a few years ago, I wore cords, turtle neck t-shirt, heavy sweater and a winter jacket, without the lining - being Canadian I guess I don't feel the cold as much as other people. Oh, don't forget a hat (toque) and gloves or mitts. Make sure you have good walking shoes also.

The day we were in Skagway, in the morning I was dressed in warm clothes and by the afternoon it was so warm that I changed into summer pants and a light weight short sleeve pullover & light weight cardigan.

Have fun!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
alaska, alaskaclothing, alaskan, august, boots, clothes, clothing, corduroys, cruise, cruises, dress, glacier, gloves, princess, wear

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Alaska clothing rcbrown333` Princess Cruise Lines 9 March 14th, 2007 11:30 AM
clothing for alaska pattyj Alaska 7 August 16th, 2005 05:52 PM
St. John's Tour Costs Fred C Norwegian Cruise Lines 0 April 23rd, 2005 11:57 AM
Four Glacier Helicopter tour or Mendenhall Glacier Helicopte Pete & Sandy Alaska 2 April 3rd, 2004 01:04 AM
Alaska Clothing Syd Cruise Dress / Packing 10 October 2nd, 2000 09:04 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:37 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1