Best & WORST Times to Cruise Alaska!

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Alaska cruise ports -Sitka a whale tail
Alaska cruise ports -Sitka a whale tail

Best & WORST Times to Cruise Alaska!

Choosing the Best Time for an Alaska Cruise

When are the BEST and WORST times to cruise to Alaska? Timing your Alaska cruise is KEY! We explore Alaska Weather, Alaska Wildlife, and other key factors!

  • Alaska cruises only take place during late spring, summer, and early fall.
  • Main factors to consider: weather, cost savings, crowds, and wildlife.
  • Weather is warmest in June, July, and August, with September being cooler and wetter.
  • Cost savings and fewer crowds in April, May, and September.
  • Wildlife sightings are best in late May and early June; bear watching best in late June or early July.
  • Whale watching best in high summer from May to September.

In this video, we discuss the various factors to consider when choosing the best time for an Alaska cruise. Alaska cruises are limited to late spring, summer, and early fall, specifically from April to October. The main factors highlighted include weather, cost savings, crowds, and wildlife.

Regarding weather, the warmest months in Alaska are June, July, and August, with September being cooler and wetter. While June offers minimal rain and comfortable temperatures, April and May are considered shoulder seasons with deals and fewer crowds, but there is potential for rain and chilly weather. If you want to avoid mosquitoes, the shoulder season is ideal, as mosquitoes haven’t hatched in April and May and have generally died off by September and October.

Cost savings and fewer crowds are typically found in April, May, and September, as these are considered the shoulder months for Alaska cruises. There are times when certain wildlife sightings are more likely, like late May and early June, when mamas and their calves or cubs tend to be out and about, or late June and early July for prime bear watching excursions.

Whale watching is highlighted as best in high summer, from May to September, with June and July offering great chances to spot whales due to the long days of sunlight. The video provides a month-by-month recap, detailing the best and worst aspects of cruising Alaska in each month to help viewers make an informed decision based on their priorities, whether it’s value, wildlife sightings, or weather preferences.

Ultimately, the video emphasizes that no matter when one chooses to cruise to Alaska, they are sure to experience breathtaking scenery and unique adventures. It is also worth noting that cruising in April or October may come with dramatically cooler and wetter weather conditions, including high winds and rain.

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