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Old 01-05-2013, 11:06 PM   #1
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Best month to take the Alaska cruuse in terms of weather and what you see?

My friend was told June was the best time to go to Alaska and I remember reading its best to go later in the season because the weather is better and you see more wildlife. Which is it or does it matter? I need to sail between mid-June and mid-August (during school break).
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:13 PM   #2
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My friend was told June was the best time to go to Alaska and I remember reading its best to go later in the season because the weather is better and you see more wildlife. Which is it or does it matter? I need to sail between mid-June and mid-August (during school break).
We've been to Alaska in late September and late May/June. Every week it's a different season there. You will be able to see wildife pretty much anytime you go, depending on your land excursions (not so much while on the ship).

While it was colder (and a couple of days snowy/rainy) in May than it was in September, the weather in Alaska falls in the category, "If you don't like the weather, wait 30 minutes". Yes, it's quite variable daily, even hourly, on occasion.

Mid-June to Mid-August is high season in Alaska, so many ports will have lots of ships in port the day you are there.

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Old 01-05-2013, 11:26 PM   #3
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I have been to Alaska 8 times...once in June, twice in July, once in September, and 4 times in August. Early to mid-August was superb for both wildlife viewing and weather. We had sunshine in every port and wore shorts. You want to sail when the salmon are running. You will see eagles and bears around rivers where salmon are moving, for free! You will see the whales in Juneau doing the bubble net feeding and exploding from the water. I will only sail Alaska in August. It is magical.
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:04 AM   #4
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I live near Vancouver, and for some reason it always seems like late summer has better weather than spring or early summer. I always try to plan my time off for early August as that seems to have the most consistently nice weather.
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I have been to Alaska 8 times...once in June, twice in July, once in September, and 4 times in August. Early to mid-August was superb for both wildlife viewing and weather. We had sunshine in every port and wore shorts. You want to sail when the salmon are running. You will see eagles and bears around rivers where salmon are moving, for free! You will see the whales in Juneau doing the bubble net feeding and exploding from the water. I will only sail Alaska in August. It is magical.
Is the salmon running more towards the end of the summer vs the beginning?
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Mid-June to Mid-August is high season in Alaska, so many ports will have lots of ships in port the day you are there.

Does this somehow change the experience? Is this good or bad? Like many patents I'm limited now by the school calendar for the most part. Since the trip is actually offered when school is out it doesn't make sense to pull my son out of school to take the trip.
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This may be helpful Cindy......I would say mid August would be prime salmon season, but you'll see wildlife of some kind no matter when you cruise. My son usually fishes for Salmon in late Sept in Haines (Chilkat area)

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Does this somehow change the experience? Is this good or bad? Like many patents I'm limited now by the school calendar for the most part. Since the trip is actually offered when school is out it doesn't make sense to pull my son out of school to take the trip.
High season gives you the best weather, so I'd rather have great weather with the crowds, than freezing weather without them. High season also has the salmon running -- great time to visit the hatchery near Juneau and see the salmon jumping up the ladders. Fascinating.

Alaska's beautiful, bright pink fireweed wildflowers also bloom in August to signal the end of summer.

Actually, the crowds in Alaska aren't as bad as the caribbean during the winter. One Christmas we were in St. Thomas and there were seven cruise ships in port.
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Salmon run mid to late summer. I took an expensive flight plane to once to view bears along a river in early July Didn't see one bear. When I do this same trip to Neets Bay in August, I always see bears!
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We cruised in early August. DD saw everything on her wildlife list except one thing--a sea otter or something like that. We saw bears in several locations; one with cubs. Salmon in streams, eagles, Orca and humpbacks, etc. And the weather was quite warm!
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Such great advice! Thank you! It's not until 2014 but I'm getting really excited! We will have to research and make a wildlife list too!
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We went late July and had great weather and saw lots of wildlife.
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