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Old 07-17-2013, 11:33 PM
 
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You can get some good end-of-season deals in the shops in the port cities, but stay away from those awful jewelry stores. Stick with the Alaskan-made stuff. the above poster is right; it can get colder than you think in August and Sept. In Skagway, the wind always picks up by the middle of the afternoon, and it comes right off a glacier. The drinking water there comes from a glacial lake, by the way, and is among the coldest and purest tap water in the world.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:46 AM
 
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I've actually written articles for travel publications concerning what to pack for an Inside Passage cruise, but I can't really add to the advice you've already gotten except to say that surfaces can be slippery in SE, so take a pair of sturdy, no-slip footwear for shore excursions. Also -- take plenty of your own antibacterial hand sanitizer and use it like you've got OCD.

One of the things that the cruise companies or travel magazines won't tell you is that Noro virus is a lot more prevalent than they let on. You'll see plenty of hand-sanitizing stations on the ship, but if you start noticing a sudden increase in those, that means that there's Noro on board. That's no reason to panic, but do take extra precautions. Wash your hands often, slather on the sanitizer, and use the private restroom in your own stateroom whenever possible.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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I've actually written articles for travel publications concerning what to pack for an Inside Passage cruise, but I can't really add to the advice you've already gotten except to say that surfaces can be slippery in SE, so take a pair of sturdy, no-slip footwear for shore excursions. Also -- take plenty of your own antibacterial hand sanitizer and use it like you've got OCD.

One of the things that the cruise companies or travel magazines won't tell you is that Noro virus is a lot more prevalent than they let on. You'll see plenty of hand-sanitizing stations on the ship, but if you start noticing a sudden increase in those, that means that there's Noro on board. That's no reason to panic, but do take extra precautions. Wash your hands often, slather on the sanitizer, and use the private restroom in your own stateroom whenever possible.
And try not to touch your face especially after opening doors. I read somewhere that we touch our face some inordinately high number of times each hour (something greater than 50, maybe even greater than 100).
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:11 PM
 
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Ket. - Saxman if you can get there. Dolly's, scenery, climb the steps to any one of the many houses.
Jun. - The tram, mendenhall glacier, scenery, douglas island
There is an old church? about 20 miles down the road, but can't remember it.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Jun. - The tram, mendenhall glacier, scenery, douglas island
There is an old church? about 20 miles down the road, but can't remember it.
The Shrine of St. Therese: Shrine of St. Therese > Home
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