• On Feb 19, 2019
    Stacey from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi, dreaming of an Alaskan cruise. Best time to go?7 day, some of the cruises offer Icy Strait and some don't, is this a port recommended to see or can it be skipped? Dawes glacier can you explore port on your own instead of doing the 1 $$$ excursion?

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Stacey!

    I am excited to hear you are considering a Disney Cruise Line vacation to Alaska!  My family and I traveled to this amazing frontier this past summer.  I was blown away by the beauty and the different type of adventure the Alaskan itineraries offer.  Being from the north, I was hesitant to book a "cold weather" vacation, but I am so happy my littles convinced us to see this part of the country.

    We booked our cruise for the end of June as we heard mid-June through mid-July are some of the best times to see Alaska.  It tends to be warmest this time of year with the longer hours of daylight near the summer solstice.  We experienced great weather with only a couple rainy days, which didn't hold us back from any of our planned activities.  That being said, I recommend you pack layers as moisture in the air can make it feel cool and visiting the glaciers can be downright chilly.  If you are looking for a timeframe with fewer days of rain, aim for late May as this time tends to be more dry.

    Icy Strait Point is a great port to see some of the best whale watching in Alaska.  If seeing whales is a must do on your Alaskan adventure, I highly recommend you book an itinerary that includes this port.

    Dawes Glacier is essentially a day at sea as the ship navigates the fjord to give all guests a view of the glacier.  The Glacier Explorer Port Adventure is offered to guests who would like to debark on this day (directly onto smaller vessel) to experience a closer look at the glacier and the wildlife surrounding the fjord.

    Have fun planning!  Bon voyage! Angie
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Meet the Panelist: Angie, Minnesota

Hello there Castaways! I have followed the adventures of mermaids and pirates alike since I was a young princess myself.  Disney and the sea are two of my passions.  My husband and I, along with our two little adventurers, love traveling the world sailing on Disney Cruise Line.  Let's work together to chart a course to a vacation that you will remember for a lifetime! Learn More About Angie

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