Do you have any tips to share for cruising Canada and Alaska?
Here are my Top 10 Tips for travelling to this gorgeous part of the world:
- Dress like an onion. Layers are best.
- Pack a light, wet-weather jacket. You don’t need a heavy-duty one in the summer months.
- Follow the website ‘northern lights tracker’ to see if you’ll be in ‘light luck’.
- ‘The season’ is officially May to October. I’m loving August, but may not see the Northern Lights which really kick into gear in September.
- This is a multi-generational cruise, but not really appropriate for small children. Very wheelchair accessible and great for the elderly, too. Oh, there are a lot of single, handsome sailors in these sea ports. Just saying.
- The Yukon is a highlight, so plan plenty of side trips to your cruise if you’re the adventurous type. ‘Who What Where’ are a great company in Whitehorse and I loved the preserve there for ticking my animal checklist.
- Weather is always unpredictable. You do have days at sea so bring some Travelcalm or sip ginger beer if you’re prone to motion sickness. I am, but I’ve been fine.
- Don’t miss the Libby Ridell speech. If anything it’s a masterclass on public speaking.
- It doesn’t make a difference which side of the ship you are on and you won’t fee cheated if you don’t have a balcony. There are plenty of viewing spots and may sleep better in a central, inner cabin where the light nights won’t bother you.
- Pack an eye mask, ear plugs, and woollen socks to help you sleep well. It’s light at night!