What to pack for Alaska
I've been on many warm weather cruises throughout the Caribbean, but I've never been on a cruise to Alaska. I just booked a 7 day Alaska cruise on Amsterdam for May 10th. I'm guessing its still going to be a little (maybe a lot) chilly at that time in Alaska. On warm weather cruises, I always packed some shorts, t-shirts and button up shirts, smart casual trousers, a sport coat and a tuxedo. Maybe a light jacket and a sweatshirt.
I have no clue what to pack for Alaska. Is the cruise more casual or more formal than the Caribbean? Should I even bother packing the tux? Should I even bother packing shorts and t-shirts? Should I stick with corduroys and sweaters? (I don't really wear jeans) Will I need a heavy coat? I'm clueless.
I was thinking a pair of shorts and a couple t-shirts or polos. Mostly long sleeve shirts, a couple sweaters and cords and khakis. Rain parka with removable fleece liner. Sport coat and tie for formal nights. For some reason I have it in my mind that formal nights in Alaska will be somehow less formal. Is this true or am I being delusional. I have no problems packing and wearing a tux, in fact I get great pleasure from wearing a tux. I look good in a tux :D
What am I bringing that I wont need and what essentials am I missing? So, give me some advice here. Thank all of you in advance.
trip to Alaska
Been to Alaska twice on HAL The last time was just two years ago in May. We has beautiful weather. So you could experiance either extremes. In Juneau I actually didn't even need my jacket it was so warm. Our trip was on the Zaandam and the roof was opened over the pool and people were actually sunbathing. Of course around the glaciers it was cooler and my winter jacket worked well with gloves. Just bring layers and you can add or take off as needed. As for formal nights, only saw a few tuxes. Most men just wore suits. It is a more relaxing cruise as the highlights are really the scenery.
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