Lots of snow still around on the peaks in May. :). A travel-sized first aid kit may come in handy, along with packets of laundry stain remover and detergent for hand-washing clothing. Nine out of 10 people you ask will tell you the summer. Both cruises in August it rained the whole week and it was cold. During June and July had many many days of fog, rain or both. Speaking for myself, I wouldn't cruise to Alaska beyond the first week in September. We went in both May and September (last ship of the season) last year. The Cruise Critic Forums App is Available for Apple and Android. A couple of things you might want to consider because I don't know your dates... Waterproof outerwear is far better than water resistant. We missed doing the Hubbard Glacier and Sitka but instead the ship docked in Wrangell and did Tracy Arm Fjord so all was not lost.

Definitely go on a cruise that goes to Glacier Bay! We can actually go any time but have opted for May our last two cruises...Not only great weather (I prefer my Alaska a bit cool) but the prices for May are much better..We're going again May 2014 :). For Alaska, don't forget your binoculars, camera, camera charger or extra batteries and an extra memory card. (Based on my personal experience and preferences only. Forget any scenic vewing after sailway as you will always be in the dark. As with any trip away from home, pack your passport, travel documents such as three copies of airline tickets, cruise tickets, passports/visas and identification as well as emergency contact information and medication. By

In September the day temperatures reach 60°F in the Southern coastal areas, 53°F in the Interior regions and no more than 34°F in the Arctic region. Booking a cruise during September involves a considerable amount of risk, but has benefits. While sunny days can be temperate and pleasant, you'll want to dress warmly at night and during cloudy or foggy days. The other 6 in our group didn't heed the recommendations and spent the afternoon on the ship while we roamed the streets seeking the largest crab legs we could find.

Weather is the luck of the draw. Two Royal Caribbean Megaships Will Cruise Alaska in 2022, https://cruiseradio.net/when-is-the-best-time-to-cruise-alaska/.

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The rest of the cruise up and back was fine. Seas were fine, Mom did not get seasick, but when taking another cruise from Vancouver to L.A. a month later, she got very seasick. We just sailed on NCL Pearl from Sept. 8-15, 2013. We will try July this time and hope for good weather. We wet 9/14-9/21 and had to miss two ports for stormy weather. :). Turned out to be gorgeous, warm wear your shorts weather, but they were told the previous weeks had been wicked cold, so it seems to be hit & miss, I would think one would need light layers to be added or removed as needed, you could get very lucky with the weather. This is the link: The Cruiser’s Guide To Alaskan Train Rides, Alaska’s Icy Strait Point Nominated For ‘Port of the Year’, Why We’re Angry About the Latest Cruise Ship COVID Outbreak.

Don't let the rain stop you from getting out and enjoying the still-spectacular scenery. We sailed Sept 6 to 13th last year. I ate dinner by myself in the pool area tables. I don't think that there is a bad time to do an Alaskan cruise, but all other things equal, I would book an Alaskan cruise again for September.

We have always wanted to do an Alaskan cruise, and the deals I am getting for May 2014 are outstanding! This makes me feel somewhat better about our September 6, 2014 cruise. There will be less children on the ships but if you go first half in May that will be true as well for those cruises.

The problem with taking an Alaska cruise in September is that it gets dark early. Weather was fine and saw many more whales, orcas etc in September.

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Being seasick is one of those types of sick where first you think you're going to die and then you just hope you do to make it stop.

As the month advances, the temperatures drop lower and lower, and the nights and early mornings can be bitterly cold. Yes, I read many of these reports on cruisecritic, which is part of what convinced me the risk wasn't that great. September prices were amazing. Going through Snow Pass in daylight, we had wonderful views of humpbacks bubble net feeding there. I'll be doing a thorough review once I have enough time to complete. We had calm seas the entire route and were grateful.

We are not bothered by rough seas but many were on that cruise. We have also cruised to Hawaii in late September from Vancouver. There's a reason those late September cruises are so cheap. Pack a hat and a light, waterproof coat. I'd never travel after the first week in Sept ... high risk of being hit by a Fall storm with high winds, rain and cold temps. September is the last month of the cruise season in Alaska and it is also one of the coldest, with temperatures staying in the low to high forties on average. Those of you that had great weather have been lucky. We had wonderful weather. Add a pair of tennis shoes if you plan to work out or jog around the deck. As a result, you can find some of the best deals of the year for Alaska.

But I deliberately picked September because we did a land portion prior to getting on the ship, and I'd rather deal with rain than mosquitoes :). Temperatures drop to a lower range – a high of 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit) and a low of 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit). If you plan to do a lot of hiking, opt for synthetic fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin instead of cotton, which soaks up sweat and can leave you chilled. September culminates with the end of the Alaska cruise season, and it is a shoulder season for sailings. There are still salmon runs for the bears to feast on. We had fabulous weather. Hey folks, my wife and I are considering an Alaska cruise for her birthday in Sept. Are you serious?

The important difference is losing those daylight hours in the evening when the ship is cruising through scenic areas. The weather is beginning to change and storms are more prevalent.

Most of the ship was sick a lot of the day Thursday despite patches and Dramamine. BTW, anyone want to buy a couple of fleece pullovers? We lucked out because we LOVED Glacier Bay. Also May and September have less rain and fog than June, July and August in most ports. CC Help Jenn Please note that all prices on our website are in US dollars, and travel purchases must be completed with a major credit card.Unless you are considering one of our custom cruise itineraries, certain cruise lines prohibit US-based travel agencies from selling to non-US residents. Whether soaking up the golden sun on a fishing expedition or feeling the crisp breeze as you zipline through picturesque landscapes, you may notice that on an Alaska cruise, weather can vary greatly month-to-month.

Those are the only two months we are able to go but I can't decide which would be best. By In September if you want to purchase items there are usually sales in stores. Autumn brings lower prices after Labor Day due to both the possibility of perilous weather … Summer it pretty much never gets pitch dark and September we've barely started gaining. I know the weather may be less desirable either time but am thinking more of how much difference it would make in how much wildlife we see if we do a cruisetour.

September is the only time we can go and I am hoping that we are not too late in the season, both for weather (which I realize is always a roll of the dice) and for "tourist fatigue" from everyone on shore.
We are very excited about our first Alaska cruise! If you're expecting to see bears catching salmon in May, the salmon runs don't start until July.

Early May can really still be Late Winter, while it's often very warm in late May. that the weather will fade into the background as something you dont really think about because you will be rushing around on excursions. I'd probably opt May over September personally though.

Be prepared for all, and you will be a good traveler.... :eek: Going in September one of the biggest disappointments is knowing that we will miss seeing a lot of the great scenery because of the decreased daylight hours.

As stated a large part of the cruise is in the inside passage and water is usually pretty calm.

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