Tips for Packing
Packing for an Alaska Cruise is much different than packing for other destinations. Given its northerly position and varied geography—from mountains and oceans to glaciers and tundra—you can experience several microclimates in a short amount of time, which can mean extreme temperatures in one place, and mild conditions in the next.
Think layering. The most beautiful time to see Alaska is from May to September. While you’ll want thick sweaters, parkas and boots in higher altitudes, year-round weather is more temperate than you might imagine.
Overall, prepare to dress in thin layers you can peel off or put on when conditions change. Start with a comfort layer, like a lightweight, short-sleeve shirt. Add a hoodie, cardigan or fleece for your warmth layer; and top it off with a coat or jacket.
Here are a few more tips:
1. Bring An All-Weather Jacket
A waterproof, breathable jacket is better than a simple nylon windbreaker. It doesn’t have to be heavy, or even lined (the layers will keep you warm)—but you’ll need a jacket that keeps out the damp. Since wet clothes take time to dry, your jacket will ensure you stay dry and comfortable, even with temperature swings.
2. Consider Convertible Pants
Pants that unzip around the knee and convert to shorts might sound unnecessary, but their practicality is undeniable. They’ll ensure you’re ready for both a dry, sunny hike and a chilly, damp dogsled experience. There are several well-known brands that offer stylish versions made of breathable wicking material.
3. Skip The Umbrella
Despite the rain, leave it at home. Instead, make sure there’s a hood on your all-weather jacket, or pack a weatherproof hat that can pull double duty protecting you from the rain and sun. And it’s worth noting that a hood takes up far less space than an umbrella, leaving more room for your gear and adventure essentials.
4. Pack Two Pairs Of Closed-Toe, Comfortable Shoes
You’re eager to explore The Last Frontier, so you’ll need comfortable walking shoes with good traction. Depending on the adventure level of your Royal Caribbean shore excursions and cruise tours, you also might want to bring a pair of sturdy, lightweight hiking shoes that are waterproof (skip packing bulky rain boots). Two pairs are better than one in this case—especially if you’ve planned several active days.
5. Remember Your Accessories
Bring a lightweight knit hat, gloves and scarf for those cooler days, and pack high-quality socks made of wool or fleece to keep your feet warm and dry. The items are small but can make a huge difference in keeping you comfortable on board and on shore.
6. Your Personal Items (medications)
We suggest that guests transport all their medications in their carry-on luggage to minimize the potential for diversion or loss of medications and advise that all medications remain in their original, labeled prescription containers. It is also advisable to pack at least three days of extra medication in the event of an unexpected change in the itinerary of the voyage.
Bring a few swimsuits (so you will always have a dry one).
August 9-16, 2019 (updated 7/8/19)
Dress Code Onboard the Ship:
Dining attire onboard the ship in the specialty restaurants and dining room is Smart Casual. Men, be sure to bring a jacket and collared shirts; Women, think dresses or slacks.
Formal attire is reserved for two nights aboard. The 2 formal nights on our cruise are on Day 2 and Day 6. (These exact nights are subject to change based on the daily cruise itinerary.) Formal nights in the dining room are black-tie and include suit and tie or tuxedos, cocktail dresses or evening gowns.
Bringing Wine Aboard
Passengers are allowed to bring 2 bottles of wine, 750 mL or less, per stateroom. If you would like to cork it anywhere but in your stateroom, a $15 per bottle corkage fee will apply. Please be advised personal wine brought onboard cannot be served at private group functions.