Fishing with my mom in Alaska

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!

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