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Jan 28th, 2006, 02:53 PM
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Clothes for the end of May on Alaskan cruise

Jeans, sweatshirts and jackets for the day excursions? Do I need to bring gloves and scarf?
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Jan 28th, 2006, 04:25 PM
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Yes bring a knit hat and gloves. You won't enjoy your glacier sailing without them. Lightweight lined jacket that is quick drying is the best option, also pack a pair of shorts, the range can be that wide within your week.
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Jan 28th, 2006, 06:31 PM
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You will need them on glacier days. I also like to bring ear protection (180's) and I often wear them whale watching.

Otherwise - dress in layers. You may wear your jacket in the morning over a sweatshirt but in the afternoon you may not need the jacket and as BQ suggested - you may even be able to wear shorts in the afternoon.
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Jan 29th, 2006, 08:18 AM
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Wow, that is a wide range!Thanks BudgetQueen and Theresa. Also, I really wanted to pack light because we are going to Victoria for a few days on our return and I don't want to lug all that luggage. So, for the formal nights, can I wear a black pant suit? maybe with differant color boa's for the two formal nights. The brochure suggests cocktail dresses. Thanks again.
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Jan 29th, 2006, 08:34 AM
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What cruise line are you going on?
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Jan 29th, 2006, 08:41 AM
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BudgetQueen can probably answer you better - she sails HAL a lot to Alaska.

On Princess, you would probably be fine. Formal in Alaska is less formal than the Caribbean. Let's see what BQ says.
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Boa's probably aren't entirely HAL style, but a different necklace, wrap would probably be appropriate. How about a cheap dressy Walmart top? Black is a great "formal " color, just about anything goes with dress shoes.
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Jan 30th, 2006, 05:43 AM
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Hi cd! Have a great cruise!
One of the best tips I got for my Alaska cruise (from Budget Queen no less!) was to forget the jeans and bring nylon pants instead. They dry quick, you can even rinse them out yourself in cabin sink if necessary, and they are warmer than jeans, especially if you wear a long undie liner on the outdoors days. Worked great for me - and they often come with matching jacket which can be that windbreaker you'll use to layer.
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Jan 30th, 2006, 06:51 AM
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I guess what I really wanted to know is are pants appropreiate instead of a dress? We've never sailed Holland before.

Hi Joan!
Nylon would be lighter weight but you would have to wear something underneath or it would be cold. What did you wear with them? A cotton sweater?

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Jan 30th, 2006, 06:59 AM
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Yes cd, I had silk long underwear which I layered underneath. You can also find these types of pants with a cotton lining if you don't own long underwear. Long sleeve tshirt or turtleneck under the windbreaker (great for the kayaking excursion). And gloves always make me feel warmer - thin gloves, but just "a little something" as grandma used to say.

We went on HAL and the black pantsuit will work just fine - just dress it up - heels and glittery jewelry etc!
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Jan 30th, 2006, 07:26 AM
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Thanks Joan. This is what I will shop for. Now, what did DH wear for excursions? Somehow I only see my DH in jeans and sweatshirt.
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Yes dress pants acceptable formal nights with HAL.
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Feb 19th, 2006, 02:27 PM
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Just bought my nylon pants and jacket (both are lined) and thin thermo underwear. Bought some for DH also. Thanks again, I would not of thought of doing that.
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