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    Almighty Cruiser tonylinsdell's Avatar
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    Is Alaska too cold in September

    I am thinking of taking a 7 day cruise on Sept 7 from Seattle to Alaska on 'Vision of the Seas'. People have suggested this is too late in the year . Has anyone experience of an Alaskan Cruise in September and found it too cold or the excursions more restricted. Anybody think is is the best time and why ?

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    We have cruised Alaska 5 times....twice in September. Once it was very rainy and cool. The other time it was clear and temps were in the 60's. You can never tell what the weather will be like! We would cruise in September again without hesitation. Alaska is a magnificent state!

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    My first cruise in Alaska was a little chiily but I liked it! The highest temp it got was 60 and that was in Skagway, Fairbanks and Seward. The rest of the time it was rainy or cloudy. I loved bundling up and sitting out on my balcony when we were cruising Glacier Bay ad College Fjord.
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    We have cruised to Alaska 2 times during July.
    First time it did nothing but rain. The second time we were swimming in the aft pool as it was 80 degrees!!
    Come with layers of clothes, and be prepared for rain and you should be fine. Either way, Alaska was awesome!!
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    Our last trip to Alaska was on the Vision last September 8th. We had light rain part of 1 day. otherwise it was in the 60's. We have been up there as late as the last week of September and it can still be good.
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    Super Cruiser rubrrick's Avatar
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    We have cruised to Alaska in May, June and September. We had 80 degree weather in May, twice.....rain in June, and 60 to 70 degree sun in September.

    Alaska is a awesome place to visit with beautiful scenery, and very friendly people. If you are planing this as a "once in a lifetime" trip.........try to include the inland tour portion as well.......that will take you to Fairbanks. Or start in Fairbanks, do the rail tour to Anchorage.......and then join your ship for the trip south. If you can find the ship that stops in Sitka...........that's a very picturesque spot.

    In a nutshell.......if you check......I believe that you will find Alaska to be milder, with less of a chance of rain during the time you are thinking about.

    Last edited by rubrrick; 01-24-2007 at 10:57 PM.

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    We did Alaska for just 1 week this past September, temps averaged high 40's to 50. We were lucky on glacier day, it was sunny, we were told it is usually rainy. We regret not taking the extended tour to include inland, Alaska is unexplainable! Bring multi layer type clothing as the weather is unpredictable, include a raincoat,gloves, I even had lightweight windbreaker pants over regular dungarees that was great while viewing on the glacier. It's really windy and nippy there. No snow in main areas on our trip. Enjoy!!

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    We have been to Alaska twice, both times in September. To me that's the perfect time to go. I don't go to Alaska to wear bathing suits and bask in the sun. I go to see scenery, wildlife and enjoy the people of Alaska. This last visit, we took a land tour too, and it was outstanding. Fall had arrived to the interior and the fall colors were breathtaking. In the fall, the salmon are running so you will see more wildlife on the cruise. On the shores, sometimes you'll catch a sight of a bear fishing. Definitely you'll see whales, eagles and seals. I have a link in my signature that has our pictures of September cruise.

    If you have any particular questions, I'll be glad to answer them. The days were usually warm, the nights were cold, we learned to layer, and we saw the northern lights!!!

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    !! RAINY!! Wash.
    We have done Alaska In Aug the last time, and we are going back this Aug 17 th. 2007,on the Visions out of Seattle. You can't not believe the wonders you will see in Alaska.. A must cruise for all... Never know if you will have rain, drizzle, or sun, but just pack with some for all types of weather.. And your set... And don't forget your swim wear.. for the inside pool if it does rain part of the time.. Seeing Alaska is a MUST..

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