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Old 02-07-2013, 11:14 AM   #16
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I have the outer rain jacket and all recommended layers. Still on the fence over whether to also bring down jacket. When it's 50 here in SC I often wear it INSIDE my office. I'm going in June and hate being cold.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:26 AM   #17
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It was cold in late July some days. I really layered up when we were out on deck sea days while watching for whales and other wildlife. I always grabbed one of the fleece blankets kept on deck 4 to wrap around me also. The wind is chilly out on deck, especially when foggy.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:44 AM   #18
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we went in middle of August and I am from Boston and there were cold days
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:53 AM   #19
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We went on an August cruise to Alaska last summer--LOVED it!! I was so worried about jackets and footwear, so I understand your concerns. I have a circulation disorder, so I am always cold and frequently have blue tinged fingertips...and that is at home, not in Alaska!

For jackets, I brought a North Face fleece that I could zip into a North Face waterproof rain jacket. This was a perfect combo for me. I wore this over long sleeves and it kept me quite warm. The rain jacket has a great hood with a bit of an "overhang" over my face--not one that just cinches tight around the edges of my face. Layering was key for me! I also had hand warmers stuffed into my jean pockets as well as my coat pockets and my gloves.

For shoes, I wore sneakers and waterproofed them with the waterproofing spray. It worked great! It was cold and drizzly on Tracey Arm day and my feet stayed toasty warm and dry.

However I did *not* stand outside all day on Tracey Arm day. No thank you! We had a lovely brunch in Palo on that morning and sat right by the window. Later we bundled up and went out front for a bit. Then we went down to our verandah room for a little while. After the ship turned around we went on the stern to the "secret deck" that was TOTALLY deserted and got great pictures from there too.

We also went on a private whale watching charter--just our family and one other. I sat up on the top of the boat the entire time wearing the same combination of layers I just posted. I was fine the whole time! Definitely bring those hand warmers! I brought a huge package of them from Amazon and stuffed them into every nook and cranny--my children were very grateful for them too!
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What did you guys wear for dinner?

Were there less Dresses worn?
Were people more dressed "down" instead of "up"?

I froze in the dining room last month on a Bahama's cruise.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:59 AM   #21
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We went on an August cruise to Alaska last summer--LOVED it!! I was so worried about jackets and footwear, so I understand your concerns. I have a circulation disorder, so I am always cold and frequently have blue tinged fingertips...and that is at home, not in Alaska!

For jackets, I brought a North Face fleece that I could zip into a North Face waterproof rain jacket. This was a perfect combo for me. I wore this over long sleeves and it kept me quite warm. The rain jacket has a great hood with a bit of an "overhang" over my face--not one that just cinches tight around the edges of my face. Layering was key for me! I also had hand warmers stuffed into my jean pockets as well as my coat pockets and my gloves.

For shoes, I wore sneakers and waterproofed them with the waterproofing spray. It worked great! It was cold and drizzly on Tracey Arm day and my feet stayed toasty warm and dry.

However I did *not* stand outside all day on Tracey Arm day. No thank you! We had a lovely brunch in Palo on that morning and sat right by the window. Later we bundled up and went out front for a bit. Then we went down to our verandah room for a little while. After the ship turned around we went on the stern to the "secret deck" that was TOTALLY deserted and got great pictures from there too.

We also went on a private whale watching charter--just our family and one other. I sat up on the top of the boat the entire time wearing the same combination of layers I just posted. I was fine the whole time! Definitely bring those hand warmers! I brought a huge package of them from Amazon and stuffed them into every nook and cranny--my children were very grateful for them too!
WOW! Palo sounds wonderful on that day....
Could you see well from the verandah? Enough to just stay there all day?

Hand warmers- great idea!!! Will do that.
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What did you guys wear for dinner?

Were there less Dresses worn?
Were people more dressed "down" instead of "up"?

I froze in the dining room last month on a Bahama's cruise.
For the formal night, I wore a long sleeved black velvet dress and probably was in the middle of the level of dressed up. Semi formal I wore black dress pants, a sparkly sweater & cardigan. Both nights my husband wore black dress pants, a white long sleeve button down and a Disney tie.

Pirate night I wore a Disneyland hoodie (with the characters in pirate dress) and jeans. Other nights I wore khakis or jeans and nice turtleneck or long sleeve shirts.
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For the formal night, I wore a long sleeved black velvet dress and probably was in the middle of the level of dressed up. Semi formal I wore black dress pants, a sparkly sweater & cardigan. Both nights my husband wore black dress pants, a white long sleeve button down and a Disney tie.

Pirate night I wore a Disneyland hoodie (with the characters in pirate dress) and jeans. Other nights I wore khakis or jeans and nice turtleneck or long sleeve shirts.
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Also know that there are many touristy shops at the ports and they sell TONS of fleece - mostly with Alaska embroidered on them.
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And if you're there in September a lot of it is on sale because it's the end of the season.
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