For most cruisers, packing for a warm weather destination cruise is a piece of cake. However, sailing to Alaska can require a little more thought. For our Alaskan cruise, I was concerned about having enough variety of clothes for all potential weather while still being able to pack light. I didn’t want to pack a lot of heavier clothes that would add to the number of pieces of luggage.

Layers, layers, layers was our motto. For most days, we started in jeans, t-shirts, a fleece jacket and windbreakers.  As the day went on, we peeled off layers.

We also purchased waterproof hiking shoes that were perfect for all of our excursions and our feet stayed dry. They were our go to shoes for rainy weather or hiking out to the base of a waterfall.

Hats and gloves were only necessary when sailing through Tracy Arms. It got rather breezy and chilly up on deck. But keeping a set in your backpack on excursions may also be handy.

We also took advantage of the laundry room, which reduced the amount of clothes we had to bring. This idea was popular, therefore, I suggest visiting the laundry early in the morning prior to leaving for excursions to beat the crowds.

Suggested Items to Pack for the Weather:

  • Long sleeve t-shirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Jeans
  • 1 pair of shorts for warmer weather days
  • A couple of sweaters for dinner
  • Dress/dress shirt/tie
  • Fleece jacket
  • Windbreaker
  • Waterproof shoes
  • Dress Shoes for dinner
  • Knit hat, fleece ear warmers and gloves
  • Laundry pods (there is laundry detergent for sale onboard)

Also, keep in mind, there is a formal night and semi-formal night on the Alaska cruise. The other nights, were generally more casual than our other 7 night cruises since most passengers were just getting back from excursions.

Your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist will be happy to help you with all of your Disney Cruise Line planning needs.