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15 Alaskan Cruise Mistakes You Want To Avoid

Updated: Feb 27

Hey there, fellow adventurer! 🚢✨ If you're gearing up for an epic Alaskan cruise, you've landed in the right spot. Today, we're diving into the nitty-gritty of making sure your Alaskan voyage is nothing short of extraordinary.

So, let's chat about the 15 Alaska cruise mistakes you definitely want to avoid!

1. Underestimating the Magic of Alaska

Alaska, with its majestic glaciers and breathtaking landscapes, has become a hot ticket on the cruising scene. But here's the deal – it's not your average cruise. Unlike the Caribbean, Alaska sailings are limited, mainly departing from Seattle or Vancouver. The season is short, running from May to mid-October. So, plan accordingly and don't expect Caribbean prices or schedules.

2. Forgetting to Weather-Proof Your Wardrobe

Alaskan weather is a force to be reckoned with. Don't make the mistake of thinking a light jacket will cut it. Pack a waterproof jacket (not just water-resistant) and throw in a compact umbrella. Trust me, you'll thank me later. And let's talk footwear – you might need more than one pair of walking shoes. Plan for rain on port days, and you'll be good to go.

3. Missing the Beauty in Layers

Even in an Alaskan summer, nights can get chilly. Layer up, my friend! Whether you're cruising in a heatwave or a bit of a chill, having those cozy layers will make all the difference. The dress code is more laid back in Alaska, so embrace warmth over style. And hey, don't stress about overpacking – you might just need every single item.

4. Overlooking the Binocular Bliss

Alaska is a wildlife wonderland, and you won't want to miss a thing. Pack a pair of binoculars for optimal viewing pleasure. Compact and easy to carry, they're perfect for spotting humpback whales, otters, eagles, seals, bears, and salmon. Trust me; you'll want a front-row seat for these natural spectacles.

5. Neglecting the Power of a Zoom Lens

Your Alaskan adventure needs to be captured in all its glory. If you've got a DSLR camera, set it to multiple images and, most importantly, invest in a zoom lens. Glacier calving, roaming black bears – you'll want to capture it all. While phones can do wonders, a good camera with a zoom lens is your ticket to those awe-inspiring shots.

6. Balcony Bliss: Worth Every Penny

Scenic views, glaciers, and shoreline wonders – Alaska is a visual feast, and your ship is your ticket to front-row seats. While a balcony cabin might come with a higher price tag, trust me when I say it's worth every penny. Glacier viewing days can get crowded on the upper decks, but your balcony provides a private haven for taking it all in.

7. Thinking You Can Conquer Alaska in One Go

Alaska is vast, and one cruise won't do it justice. It's a tease, a tantalizing taste of the Last Frontier. Once you've experienced its allure, you'll be itching for more. So, don't think you can see it all in one go – plan on coming back for seconds.

8. Battling the Midnight Sun Without a Mask

Alaskan summers bring endless daylight, and if you're not a fan of 24/7 brightness, a sleeping mask is your secret weapon. Embrace the magic of the Midnight Sun, but make sure you catch those Zs with a little help from your trusty mask.

9. Sea Legs Unprepared for Motion Sickness

Alaska cruises primarily sail the serene Inside Passage, but there are moments of choppy waters. Be prepared with Gravol, ginger pills, Sea-bands, or motion sickness patches. Don't let a bit of sway ruin your Alaskan escapade.

10. Mosquito Miseries

Rainy weather in Alaska means mosquitoes are out in full force. Pack that mosquito repellent, especially if you're cruising in June and July. For the mosquito-phobic, August is your golden ticket – frost keeps them at bay. If you plan to hike, mosquito repellent is your new best friend. And a little tip: skip the sweet-smelling lotions; mosquitoes have a sweet tooth.

11. Assuming All Itineraries Are Equal

Don't fall into the trap of thinking all Alaska cruise itineraries are created equal. The best ones include Glacier Bay National Park or Hubbard Glacier. Take a deep dive into the details before booking, and pay attention to how much time the ship spends in each port. Longer stops mean more time to explore.

12. Age Ain't Nothing but a Number

Sure, Alaska has a reputation for attracting an older crowd, but don't let that fool you. Family-oriented ships with top-notch entertainment and activities have set sail in recent years. Whether you're a family, a solo adventurer, or a golden-ager, Alaska has something for everyone.

13. Wi-Fi Woes in the Wild North

Prepare for a digital detox because ship Wi-Fi up North can be a bit spotty. While you can use your smartphone in port (for my fellow U.S. pals), be ready to purchase upgraded internet access on board if you want to be able to stream your favorite show or upload videos.

14. Not Savoring Your Embarkation Port

Vancouver and Seattle are not just launching pads; they're destinations in themselves. If you're starting your Alaska cruise there, add a few extra days to soak in the beauty. From Pike Place Market to Chihuly Gardens, these cities are worth exploring.

15. Forgetting the Shore Excursion Budget

Shore excursions are the cherry on top of your Alaska cruise sundae. From dogsledding to whale watching, these adventures can be a bit pricey, but trust me, they're worth every penny. Budget accordingly, and make the most of your Alaskan adventure.

There you have it, my friends – the ultimate guide to avoiding the pitfalls of an Alaska cruise. Now go forth, soak in the beauty, and make your Alaskan adventure one for the books! 🌲❄️ #AlaskaCruiseMistakes #AdventureAwaits

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