For our 7-day Inside Passage Cruise, we traveled with our kids and my in-laws. That’s three different generations to cater to! Because of the way the cruise was designed, everyone could split up to do what they wanted to do, and we all met back to share our stories over dinner. For example, while my mother-in-law, daughter, and I boarded the Aleutian Ballad to learn more about crab fishing, my father-in-law, husband, and son joined Baranof Fishing Excursions to catch us some dinner. And when my in-laws wanted to relax a bit over some oysters and champagne, we took the kids for a cultural experience at Sealaska Heritage.
Even on the ship itself, Holland America Line has the Kids Club for ages 3-17 and is run by full-time, professional staff. They put on a ton of different activities for each age group.
Packing for your cruise
Though your Alaska cruise will likely be during warmer months, that doesn’t mean it’ll always be warm out! We were there when it was unseasonably warm for July, but temperatures still dropped down to 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. That means less swimsuits and flip flops and more layers and sneakers.
With this in mind, you’ll want to pack for two occasions:
Many of our excursions included getting outdoors both on land and on water. From dogsledding to whale watching, we always wanted to make sure we were comfortable. This meant wearing layers! I recommend packing a long-sleeved shirt, sweater and a lighter, waterproof jacket. If you tend to get cold, consider adding another layer.
As far as footwear goes, we also made sure to pack sturdy, waterproof shoes meant for walking thousands of steps, and nice thick socks to keep our feet warm and dry.
It can’t hurt to have gloves, a hat and a scarf for extra warmth and protection against the wind.