Deciding what you should wear while being on board a cruise to Alaska will very much depend on the area to which you are planning to visit. With some knowledge about climate, you may take some really good decisions on your choice of apparel.
What you should wear in Alaska will depend on the visited region. In May, the Alaskan territory will range in temperatures depending on the regional zone. The region of Alaska is divided into four individual climate zones: the Southwestern Zone, Southeastern Coastal Zone, North Arctic Zone, and the Southern Zone. The temperature in May in the Southern Zone will average 54F during daily time and about 40F during nightly time. The Southwestern and South Eastern Coastal Zones will share average around 55F during the day and around 38F during the night. In addition, the Southeastern Zone will receive about 9 inches of rainfall during the fifth month of the year, while the Southwestern zone will receive little to 0. It isn`t uncommon for these different regions to reach sometimes into the 70`s. In May, the North Arctic Zone will average at around 24F. The nights will regularly drop in to the teens, and in certain situations, the temperature may drop below 0.
What You Should Wear Outside
The best possible advice for deciding what you should pack is to think in terms of variety. In May, Alaska` climate is pretty varied. Your suitcase should include clothes suitable for all temperatures. For those warm days, you can pack a lightweight pair of pants with a long sleeved shirt. A cruise to Alaska should include windbreakers. A thin jacket will offer warmth for moderate temperatures, and will help to keep wind from penetrating your clothes. Taking a few pairs of warm pants is essential as when on ports of call you may need to stay warm while visiting on shore. Layering shirts are also essential as they will offer extra warmth for those cold temperatures. When entering the frigid Alaskan ports, you may need a winter coat, wool hat and gloves. You might not be able to stay outside for too long in the North Arctic Zone, but having these warm clothes will offer you with warmth when being outside in the below freezing temperatures. Because the Southeastern Zone will receive pretty much rainfall, taking a raincoat or a umbrella will be highly advised.
What You Should Wear on board the Ship
When on board, you generally will not have to bundle up in too heavy gear for winter. For the time you will spend on board the ship, you make take some jeans with you, come lightweight shirts, as well as some comfortable pants. Also take with you some lightweight pajamas. Cruise vessels are pretty well known for having formal dinner events and to be able to receive access to such events you will need cocktail attire. Women will have to pack a cocktail dress with dressy shoes, as well as dinner party accessories. Men will have to pack a suit with tie and dress shoes.
John Mitchell is the Editor of the bestcruiseliness.com website