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Cruising Alaska with Princess Cruise Line

“This might be my favorite cruise ever. I have found my crowd”.

This is the review my husband gives of Princess Cruise line and I have to agree! 

 

It is peak Alaska cruise season and the deals I’ve seen this year have me reminiscing about our Alaska cruise a couple years back… 

Now, we were in our 30’s/40’s on this cruise and our daughter was 5.  She was one of maybe a dozen kids on board and we were probably 20-30 years younger than the average cruiser. But this was fine by us!  If you don’t already know, we are laid back cruisers.  We love cruising for it’s ability to take us multiple places without having to unpack and repack a bunch of times. Essentially, we’re lazy cruisers. We’re usually in bed (with our room service) by 10pm.  On this trip, we literally traded our mini bar contents for coffee bar cards and most days I order room service at least once, just to enjoy it alone on the balcony (cruising for introverts 101). So, if you’re looking for party content, you are not going to find it here!

Alaska is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.  It is almost indescribable.  So for this blog, lets answer some of the most common questions I get about cruising Alaska!

When should we go?

The Alaska cruise season only runs May-September each year.  Peak months are July and August so you may find slightly better pricing during the “shoulder” season.  You are also likely to have cooler temps in May or September.  

What should I wear/pack?

When it comes to packing for this breathtaking adventure, layering is key. You’ll be able to check weather reports about 10 days out from your trip to get a better idea, but you will likely need to plan for a few different occasions.  You probably won’t need to bundle up for below freezing temps- in fact, we experienced a heat wave and had way too few short sleeve options for the 90 degree temps we saw!   A waterproof and windproof jacket is a must-have, even if just a thin layer to throw over a warm fleece.  A pair of jeans can be versatile and athletic wear is fine for excursions.  Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are essential for exploring the rugged terrain during shore excursions. Additionally, pack a swimsuit for a relaxing soak in the ship’s heated pools or hot tubs. Don’t forget your binoculars for wildlife spotting and a good camera to capture those unforgettable moments.  If traveling with kids, consider getting a kid’s pair that’ll be easier for them to learn to use and still work for you.  Lastly, the atmosphere regarding formal dinner wear on a cruise seems slightly more relaxed in Alaska, so it’s totally up to you if you want to pack a gown or something more simple- and this will vary based on cruise line as well.  If you want more thoughts on that, feel free to drop me an email at Brigitte@thesweatytravelingmom.com and I’m happy to share more!

 

Should we go now or wait a few more years?

I’m going to defer this answer to the naturalist on board our cruise.  She told us “if you have kids, bring them to Alaska now.  These glaciers may not be here in 10 years”.  We went when my daughter was 5 and between the kid’s clubs and the educational programs, she was able to enjoy and experience so much!

 

 

 

For a short video of the cruise and scenery set to relaxing music, check out our YouTube channel video and be sure to Like and Subscribe for more travel content!

For a more detailed walkthrough of a Mini Suite aboard the Island Princess, have a look at this video

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