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    North to Alaska

    My husband and I celebrated our 40th anniversary this year. As a gift to each other, since he wouldn't buy me a ruby ring... we are going to Alaska.
    We are on land for 10 days and cruising for 4... I am so excited. We are doing a Holland cruise.

    Does anyone have any suggestions.... everything from what to pack ( we are going in 2 weeks), to what not to miss... did anyone have any out of the way places off the beaten path... that is what we really like.

    Thanks Gals... you're the best.

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    What ports are you stopping in? That will help pick out points of interest for you. While on land are you still with the group from the cruise or travelling on your own? As for clothing - it's still not real summer there - pack layers - fleece works well and make sure you have a set of rain gear, or at least a rain coat/jacket.
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    Pack warm I hear its cold all year my friend went a couple summers ago
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    Where are you going? We went at the end of May, 2010, and it was over 80 degrees in Anchorage. No one was prepared - the hotel gift shop did a booming business in short sleeve t-shirts!

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    congrats on 40 years!
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    I don't have any advice really...pack Pepto Bismol? But I sure do envy you...happy 40th!!!
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    How lucky are you!! Enjoy your trip.

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    You and your Husband will need at least one nice outfit for dinner, my husband had to wear a jacket, I a dress. The rest of the time he could wear t-shirt w/collar (like a golf shirt), I wore long pants with a nice blouse. Sweaters, under shirts and jackets, wool hats, gloves, warm socks when up on top of the deck, on land we wore sweater and jackets, carried umbrellas for just in case. We had a great time.

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    Take bug spray for the no see ems (little bugs that bite).

    I loved Lands End on the Homer Spit. I would live there if I could.

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    I would definitely take plenty of warm clothes so you can dress in layers if it is cold. Also, a rain jacket or parka would be a good idea. Notnonly will itmprotect you from the rain but also help with the wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdeaaz View Post
    My husband and I celebrated our 40th anniversary this year. As a gift to each other, since he wouldn't buy me a ruby ring... we are going to Alaska.
    We are on land for 10 days and cruising for 4... I am so excited. We are doing a Holland cruise.

    Does anyone have any suggestions.... everything from what to pack ( we are going in 2 weeks), to what not to miss... did anyone have any out of the way places off the beaten path... that is what we really like.

    Thanks Gals... you're the best.
    My husband spotted a quilt shop in Juneau when we were off ship.
    We really enjoyed their display of quilts, many of which reflected Alaskan wildlife and scenery.
    I don't remember it's name but you can research that or ask if you stop there.
    Mary Jane Flikke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    Pack warm I hear its cold all year my friend went a couple summers ago

    We wore shorts and T-shirts there in September. Loved all the flowers everywhere and the huge gardens from all the sunshine.

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    Yes, quilt shop in Juneau and and Ireally like the one in Skagway. Take the train trip to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. Gold Rush history is interesting. Our daughter was a National Park Ranger at Glacier Bay and it is fascinating. We saw bears and whales and ravens, etc. If you can taste nagoon berry pie, delicious, and enjoy all the seafood. Of course there are wild flowers everywhere and huge gardens with all the sunshine. Bell peppers the size of grapefruits, cabbages like baskets, wonderful fresh veggies of all kinds. We were fine in September with shorts and t-shirts, but bring a rain jacket. Golf courses reminded me of Scotland, mountains much bigger than any here in Colorado, friendly people, souvenirs abound. Check out the totem poles and ivory carvings. Learn to speak a bit of Tlinket, pet a few sled dogs and take many, many photos. Please let us know about your trip when you return.

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    Caongrats on 40 years, that is a landmark. I lived in Juneau for 30 years, so here are my suggestions. Clothing: be ready for anything. Your are going at the best possible time to get in some very nice weather, however this year my friends in Juneau have had a very long and hard winter, slow spring and it has been cooler than normal. Dressing in layers is the best suggestion, but do take both cool and warm weather clothing. Believe it or not, it can get very warm on sunny days, evenings will cool down. Almost all the towns on the panhandle now have quilt shops and all are worth a visit. For tours, check out the Tracey Arm tours in Juneau, it's excellent but takes a bit of time. Lots of Salmon bakes along the route too. If you go to Skagway, try the train tour. Enjoy and I'm wishing the best for you weather wise. Most beautiful country in the world on a sunny day!!!!

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    We have done 3 trips to Alaska, one on Holland America and I am redy to go back. You will need a varity of clothes, so take things you can layer, and some toss away rain ponchos. We have had 90 degree weather in July and 45 on the same trip. Enjoy and congratulations on your 40 years. That was our first trip. We just did 51 years on the 26th.

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    If you are going into Denali pack mosquito repellant. I kept a rain coat on with tight sleeves and a hood and pulled tight around my face. The mosquitos were fierce.
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    You didn't say WHEN you are going. Alaska has only two seasons, summer and winter. June is a bad mosquito month, July and early August tend to be the warmest times, but in August the rains begin. Last year my 11 year old granddaughter told me last year that "next year" she wants to make a quilt that celebrates autumn leaves because they don't have them in Alaska! The grandkids came down this week (to California) and tell us there is still snow on the ground now (and at this time 3 years ago it was really warm!). Try to understand the basketball games that start at midnight, family picnics in the park from 10pm to 1am... (drove us crazy on our first trip!) Don't try to stay awake for them. Alaskans can sleep more in winter and very little in summer, but it takes time to be able to do that. Hope you get to Denali, it is really beautiful! The train from Seward (or Anchorage) to Denali (or Fairbanks) is a treat (it passes a lot of homesteads because being near the track is a bonus for getting out to get groceries, etc.).

    "The best part about Anchorage is that it is only a half hour from Alaska." There are fabric stores just about in every town. My favorite is in Kenai... and they do feature their native state in their fabrics! Probably most of them do. Enjoy!

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    Congratulations on 40 years! You will love Alaska, all the clothing advice is true - you don't know what you get until you get here. Be prepared, and you'll be more comfortable to enjoy what lays ahead. Not only is Alaska very beautiful, but each little town has some great places to visit. One warning: the cruise ship lines may tell the passengers that our little towns have nothing to see. On behalf of all the little towns in Alaska, there is something wonderful and unique here, and the majority of little towns have gems to find, such as really great quilt shops! Cruise lines may want you to direct your attention to activities with companies with which they have contracted. If you branch out, you might well find something unique, and less packaged. Whatever you do, and whichever ports you will be visiting, welcome to Alaska!

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    We took a cruise to Alaska this time last year. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Took us 10 years to save for it but well worth every minute. My favorite part was a surprise that no one was told about; we went through Glacier Bay!!! I know you will really love what ever you do. Alaska is so beautiful. Happy, happy 40 anniversary. By the way, I can have my suitcase packed is a few minutes (hint hint)LOL

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    I've lived in various places in Alaska since 1977--always pack a light jacket and expect to run into rain. The exterior can be hotter and the areas closest to the water cooler and windier. Most communities have quilt shops now. The mama moose are now appearing with calves. Trees have leaves and flowers beginning to show. Bug spray is a good idea but that can be purchased anywhere. Enjoy your trip.

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    North to alaska

    Take a down jacket with a hood. I found that no matter the clothes underneath....short sleeve T shirt...if I had my down jacket with a hood, I was real comfy when the wind blew and it was cold. I wore this jacket...it came down to just above the knee, when it was 60 below zero on Lake Superior....that was actual temp. I had on a T shirt and jeans. The hood had fur around the edge and it kept my face from freezing when I was on the snowmobile. Down is light weight and squashes down nicely in the luggage.

    Gloves a must
    Light weight plastic rain poncho with hood.
    Don't forget the sunscreen.
    Sunglasses
    SMALL FLASHLIGHT
    small tube of antibiotic ointment
    Chapstick
    Anchorage can be warm too, so take one hot weather outfit...
    Don't forget the Dramamine (sp?) or patch.
    Take a small crisscross purse with only your money/credit card/lipstick/medication/handiwipe in packet, for when you are off the ship. You don't want a heavy bulky purse to drag around when you want to use your camera.

    If you don't want a down jacket, make sure you take something with a hood.
    Along with the nice dinner wear for the ship, pack your tennis shoes for time off the ship. You will do a lot of walking on land. Pack some homemade trail mix of your favorite fruits and nuts. Stick those in your jacket pocket while you are out and about between meals off the boat.

    Take a good camera with extra batteries and memory card.

    I worked in Alaska on three different projects and was there for several months at a time.,..different times of the year. Weather is unpredictable. Layering clothes is the best way to go. I have traveled all over the world,I learned to pack light, plan for extreme weather-hot/cold, good shoes , sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and you're good to go.

    Fancy dinners with the Captain is a little different. Check with the cruiseline for protocol. Most require tie for the men at dinner, some don't care if you wear casual. Most do not approve of T shirt style for men....need a collar, the cruise line should tell you.

    No matter where you go, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and crisp clean air. You will have so much fun.

    Best wishes.
    Diana

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    It is a wonderful trip. Holland American is the best cruise line we have used. You will be spoiled and pampered. Glacier Bay is really, really cold so layer for that one. Long underwear (preferable silk) really helps. Bon Voyage.

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    We went in our motor home for about 2 months....it was the best trip we ever went on. Our favorite spots were the Kenai Penninsula and Valdez. It was all so beautiful and even found quilting shops!!!
    There is no place like home!

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    I would take an Alaska vacation any day over a ruby or any other kind of ring! Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinster View Post
    I would take an Alaska vacation any day over a ruby or any other kind of ring! Enjoy!
    "Been there (to Alaska) and done that!" We did it for our 45th anniversary (in August) as an anticipated 50th anniversary gift to ourselves. We loved it!!! Layers, hooded jacket and comfy walking shoes are a must. Take a good camera with several memory cards. You can buy most anything at the shops either on board or in the cities. Quilt stores were in most cities on our cruise. I "caught" the quilting bug while there and have wished that I had bought more of the Alaskan themed fabric. We would go again in a minute, without hesitation. We celebrate the anticipated 50th next March.

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