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Old August 25th, 2012, 07:11 PM
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Done a few warm cruises but dont know what to except in Sept on our Princess cruise. Do you did to take a lot of warm clothes that time of year.
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The key to cruising in Alaska, is to dress in layers ad adjust as the day goes...When you are out on deck, you will need a warm jacket and it will also depend on what excursions you take. We did a whale watching excursion in Victoria and while it was reasonably warm, once out on that open water late in the day, it was very cold. They luckly had some warm parka's for everyone...

Be sure to pack some rain gear, most likely you will see some along the way...

What are your ports and are you cruising from Seattle, Vancouver?
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Done a few warm cruises but dont know what to except in Sept on our Princess cruise. Do you did to take a lot of warm cloths that time of year.
Weather in Alaska, anytime during the cruise season, is extremely variable. As Donna says the key is to dress in layers.

If you do something like landing on a glacier they usually supply boots and parkas for you. But someplace like Glacier Bay can be very cold and you may well want to wrap up warmly there.

You can see some trips we have made to Alaska in September at

Sapphire Princess Cruise Review

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Cruising HAL Volendam to Alaska

Notice the different varieties of clothing in different pictures!

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Done a few warm cruises but don't know what to except in Sept on our Princess cruise. Do you did to take a lot of warm clothes that time of year.
Alaska is the destination for spectacular scenery, wildlife, culture and viewing natural wonders but it isn't the "fun in the sun" destination like the Caribbean.

Having said that: Alaska's Inside Package isn't the frozen tundra. As Donna said; Layers are the key. It can go from the upper 40's to 80F in a day and you can start the day with rain and two hours later the sun is shining.

I would start with a light shirt and jeans/pants and then put a light sweater over that. I carry a backpack with a waterproof coat and rain pants. If you wear a waterproof coat you will be surprised at how warm you are. Depending on the temperatures and weather you can put on or take off what you need.

Many people pack the light rain ponchos that you can buy in a camping store. They work but they are mostly "one use" and have a tendency to tear, don't retain heat and are cumbersome to use, especially if it's windy.

I also suggest good walking or tennis shoes, sunglasses and a hat.

None of these things take up much weight in your luggage and you will be happy that you packed them.

I have cruised Alaska in September and never once pulled out the rain jacket and forgot the sunscreen and ended up with a bit of a sunburn.

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As Merced said...you never know. It can be rainy in July and beautiful in September. I hope you have GREAT weather....I'll be up there with you in September! (I'm on HAL)
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