Zulily has launched a three-day event called Shop the Look: Alaskan Cruise. If you are planning a cruise to Alaska and need outfit ideas or want some great layering pieces to freshen up your wardrobe, you might want to check it out! It features clothing and shoes. Sale ends Tuesday night! Note, you do have to be registered with Zulily to view the sale.
“Want an exclusive ensemble with prêt-à-porter potential? Consult Shop the Look—our one-stop shop featuring A-Z essentials to create a cohesive outfit. This week, prepare to venture north with relaxed tops, leggings, skirts and cardigans ideal for layering. Nature-inspired jewelry offers a fashionable finish. “
Planning for formal night aboard your cruise can be both challenging and a little intimidating. You want to feel great, but you also want to fit in. Also in consideration is suitcase space and budget. After attending many cruise formal nights, viewing photos, and reading every major cruise line’s attire guidelines, I’ve come up with three recommendations that should cover what to wear on formal night. There are even options for those on a budget!
Different people take different things into consideration when booking a cruise. Me? I love a good bargain, but there are other things that are equally if not more important than the fare alone. The following will show you how to get the best cruise prices and perks! Just be warned to do your own homework and ensure you understand the terms and conditions when you book.
My mom and me fishing in a river in Alaska circa 1978
While I was born in Seattle, I spent most of my childhood in Anchorage, AK. My parents felt the lure of “The Last Frontier” shortly after I was born and when I was six months old, we moved. Consequently, I spent much of my childhood fishing, visiting glaciers, seeing moose, and ice skating at recess. When we periodically returned to Seattle, I remember Seattle kids asking questions like “Did you go to school by dog sled?” and “Did you live in an igloo?”
While living in Anchorage was a bit less exotic than kids imagined (we drove an Olds, shopped at Nordstrom, and lived in a rambler), it still is an exotic place. And, when you consider the world of cruising, warm and sunny destinations are far more common. It’s no wonder that going on an Alaska cruise sparks a lot of questions from future cruisers. After all, there is no mystery surrounding what you should pack while cruising to a tropical location, but what the heck should you pack when going on an Alaskan cruise in July? Hopefully this post gives you a better idea of what to expect on your Alaska cruise!
I remember seeing the final cruise charge statement awaiting our attention the night before debarking from our last cruise. As usual, I snatched the statement out of the mail slot and played the “Guess How Much We Spent” game with my husband Don. Clearly, we aren’t ones for keeping an eye on our expenses during the trip. I knew his guess of $800 seemed low to me, but I was still a bit shocked when I saw that the grand total was about twice that: $1660.
Over the course of 11 days, all of those little purchases, drinks at the bar, and pulls at the slot machine can add up and become a bit of a blur. Also, it’s sort of easy to lose track when everything is paid for with an innocent-looking little piece of plastic that doesn’t even bear the name Visa or MasterCard. I mean, it’s just a room key, right?
In all seriousness, we had a wonderful time and collected memories and had experiences that we will never forget. For first-time cruises or just the curious, read on to learn what we spent on our last cruise as well as get our opinions on what was totally worth it, what was just a necessity, and what we regretted. Continue reading
Over the years, my husband and I have been asked this question countless times. As much as we love to go on cruises, cruising is not for everyone.
Are you OK with just sampling a new location? If you are the type who wants to thoroughly experience a new city, cruising generally just gives you a taste. However, some look at a cruise as a way of sampling a new potential vacation destination.
Does the idea of laying around doing next to nothing for a whole day (or more) appeal to you? While the crew does their best to keep passengers engaged on days at sea, the activities might not always appeal. For me, watching the waves go by while I soak up the sun with a good book is the epitome of vacation bliss. If you are someone who enjoys a more active vacation, simply look for cruises that offer limited sea days and back-to-back port visits.
Do you get seasick? While cruise ships have structural and engineering innovations that lessen the feeling of a ship’s movement, you are still going to know you are on the water. And, if the swells are high, you are going to feel a substantial amount of rocking. There are patches, supplements, and medications you can use to mitigate nausea, but they may not work for you.
The bottom line is that you probably won’t know if a cruise is something you will enjoy until you actually experience one for yourself. There are shorter duration trips you can take that will allow you to experience a cruise without committing to a seven day sailing. Three and four day coastal trips are common on the west coast and you can book five day trips to the Caribbean out of Florida and Texas.
Whether you consider it a dream or an inconvenience, much of what we consider normal or take for granted on land is stripped away on a cruise ship. You can’t drive to the corner store to pick up something you need, your cell phone’s only real function is as a camera, and neither your cash nor your credit cards have any value on board (but I still would recommend keeping those safe). Weird, right?
Consequently, cruisers have come up with lists of items that make life on a ship just a little bit more like home. While I don’t claim to have anything truly innovative, the following items are on my list of what to pack for a cruise.