What to Pack for an Alaska Cruise?

You have booked your Alaska dream cruise and are all set to go, except you now find yourself asking “What to Pack? Not to worry – we have you covered. Summer daytime temperatures range from 55 to 70 degrees farenheit, but it will feel warmer due to long hours of direct sunlight. Occasionally, it can be unseasonably cold, or you will feel the glacier-chilled wind, so make sure to dress in layers. Also, keep in mind that the weather gets rainier as summer progresses, so if your cruise is later in the season, don’t forget your wet-weather gear, keep this in mind when packing your day pack or backpack for your excursions.

Temperatures by Month

May – 54
June – 62
July – 65
August – 63
September – 55


The Essentials

  • Comfortable walking shoes with good traction, hiking boots & closed toe-shoes (required for select shore excursions)
  • Rain jacket or poncho and small umbrella
  • Lightweight coat or sweater for layering!
  • Lightweight cap, gloves (smart phone gloves) and scarf
  • Hat or visor and sunglasses
  • Comfortable clothes for layering, formal night dinner wear, swimsuit
  • Camera, video camera, binoculars (spotting scope), waterproof case and extra memory cards
  • Chargers (phone and camera – anything you need to keep charged!)
  • Back pack, day pack or tote bag with compartments
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Small first aid kit
  • Magnetic Clips (most cabins/doors are magnetic – you can hang jackets, itinerary etc)

Embarkation – Luggage Information

To help you plan, we suggest you limit your luggage to a maximum of one bag per person, if traveling on a cruise of 3-5 days duration, and no more than two bags per person, for cruises 6 days or longer. In addition, you must personally carry-on any boarding documentation (passports, Visas, ID), valuables, medications and items which require special handling.

Each checked suitcase and carry-on suitcase should not weigh more than 50 pounds, and when lying flat, bags must not exceed 16 inches x 24 inches wide (the length of the bag is not a factor). For security screening purposes, all luggage should be unlocked. Oversized luggage and locked luggage may cause delivery delays.

Your cruise luggage tags must be affixed to your baggage prior to arriving at the terminal. Additional tags can be obtained at curbside from the porter. Porters will re-tag any luggage with a TBA cabin assignment.

Curbside porters are customarily provided a $1 tip per bag. They are not employees of the cruise line and should a guest experience any problems, they must report it to porter management on site.

Since the screening and movement of large coolers though embarkation is an impediment to the boarding and security screening process, large coolers are not permitted as carry-on or checked luggage. Small, personal-sized coolers, no larger than 12 inches x 12 inches, for the purpose of housing small quantities of non-alcoholic beverages and/or medications, are permitted as carry-on luggage.

Embarkation – Luggage Information

If traveling by air, guests are encouraged to contact the airlines directly to determine luggage restrictions and fees.