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Sharing our packing record + the must-haves for our Disney cruise to Alaska, together with the excursions we selected.

Hello buddies! Don’t fear, that is my final cruise recap submit haha. I really feel like I’ll be dwelling vicariously by way of these posts for some time. So many instances since we’ve been again the ladies have mentioned they miss being on the cruise. “I want I used to be on the cruise proper now.” You and me each, sister.

I assumed I’d share our packing record together with our must-haves for the journey as a result of I had such a tough time packing for this one. I didn’t discover plenty of information on-line, and people in our Fb group vaguely mentioned to “pack layers.” I didn’t wish to overpack, but in addition wished to verify we had all the things we would have liked for the climate. We traveled in the beginning of the season (on the finish of Might), so it was a bit of extra chilly that it is going to be later within the season.

Right here’s our Alaska Cruise Packing record:


Our packing technique:

– For every day, I packed the ladies a daytime outfit for play or the excursions and an non-obligatory princess gown or nighttime outfit. 

– For myself, I both rocked it informal on the ship (both a long-sleeved prime, leggings, and sneakers, or a sweater, denims, and flats) and introduced a health club outfit for every day.  For dinner, I both wore what I wore through the day – it was very informal except for formal and semi-formal nights – or turned into a gown with decrease heels or a pleasant sweater, enjoyable earrings, denims and flats. 

– We didn’t go loopy for formal and semi-formal nights. The ladies wore attire with flats, the Pilot wore slacks with a button-up shirt, and I wore a gown with decrease heels. There was an enormous selection within the outfits on the ship, from ball robes to T-shirts, so actually something goes. It’s actually as much as your consolation degree!

Formal night

– We had light-weight layers for the ship: sweaters, hoodies, and jackets we might use if we bought a bit chilly. I additionally introduced a few parkas for the ladies that I purchased from hole children on tremendous sale – a perk of touring someplace chilly as summer time’s simply starting – and the day it was very chilly and wet, I used to be glad we had them. 

Disney wonder

– For excursions, I introduced jackets (North Face reversible jackets and Patagonia are our faves), a long-sleeved tee beneath, leggings or denims, and we wore these with sneakers, waterproof climbing boots, or rain boots, relying on the climate. We stashed an umbrella, gloves, and beanies in our backpacks and ended up utilizing all of them.


– Theme days! I made certain to test the schedule beforehand so the ladies might have acceptable character outfits. 😉 That they had Anna and Elsa attire for the Frozen conferences, Buzz Lightyear attire for the Pixar Friends occasion, and Belle and Rapunzel attire for the princess gathering. 

Anna and elsa

– One thing that helped: I packed all of our Vancouver garments and pajamas right into a small carryon bag. This fashion we didn’t must mess with our bug suitcase after we had been in Vancouver.

– One other professional tip: pack your swimsuit and a change of garments in a tote bag the day you arrive on your cruise. Your baggage might take a number of hours to get to your room, so this fashion, you’ll be able to test into the ship, head straight to the pool, and play for a number of hours earlier than heading again to prepare for dinner.

Some must-haves:

– Dramamine. Fortunately nobody skilled seasickness on board, however I wished to have this simply in case. We additionally introduced Immodium for a similar motive… simply in case.

– Binoculars. The surroundings was breathtaking and the ladies liked the choice to take a look at the bushes and eagles hovering from the highest deck.

– Rain boots. I used to be on the fence for these, however the day it rained and we had been on an tour, I used to be SO grateful we had our wellies. In any other case, the ladies’ pants would have been soaked! I additionally extremely suggest bringing beanies and gloves.


– Fleece-lined leggings. I additionally introduced tights to layer beneath our pants in case it was very chilly, however these leggings ended up being excellent for the ladies. They didn’t put on them on the ship, however they had been excellent for excursions.

– Poopourri. Sure, this can be a bizarre one, but it surely was a pleasant factor to have since we had been all sharing the identical rest room. 

– A pop-up hamper. I wasn’t certain if we’d really want this, however I ended up doing laundry 4 instances on the ship! It was SO straightforward to lug our stuff to the launderette. We ended up bringing principally clear garments residence, which made unpacking a bit of extra nice. I additionally introduced a Ziplock baggie with free and clear laundry pods and dryer sheets so we wouldn’t must buy them on the ship (and threat the ladies getting itchy from a brand new detergent model). 

– Door decorations! I can’t consider I forgot to take a pic of those however we ordered a number of from Etsy. It’s enjoyable to personalize them earlier than your journey!

– Water bottles! The water in Alaska and Canada was so extremely recent and clear. It tasted wonderful. In addition they had filtered water stations all through the ship, so it was straightforward to refill water bottles continuously. Somebody within the Fb group advisable bringing a Yeti cup, however I solely ended up utilizing it a few instances. 

– In the long run, do not forget that just about something you overlook will be bought on board! In addition they had a full medical deck, which was like a mini hospital. One in every of Betsy’s kiddos got here down with an an infection and so they had been capable of get antibiotics on the ship.

Disney Alaska Cruise Excursions:

For excursions, I’ve to confess that I felt fairly overwhelmed. There are such a lot of, and the worth ranges are HUGE, from $30 per particular person to $1000 per particular person. I made a decision to maintain issues low-key with the excursions, and am glad we solely booked two. The remainder of the time, we might discover the ports of name, or keep on the ship and reap the benefits of the truth that it was almost empty (! excellent time to do laundry or hop within the scorching tub).

W tom and livi

We ended up selecting the Musher’s Canine Camp, and the Mendenhall Glacier, Salmon Hatchery, and Salmon Bake excursions.

The canine camp was so cute, and the ladies LOVED attending to snuggle with a bunch of child Alaskan huskies. 

Puppy snuggles

The Mendenhall Glacier, Salmon Hatchery, and Salmon Bake was one of many least costly choices, and we liked it.

Salmon bake

We bought to see the glacier up shut, discover the hatchery (the place P no kidding dropped a stuffed sloth right into a fortunately empty salmon tank), and revel in brown sugar grilled salmon and s’mores in a picturesque outside setting. That they had an enormous buffet arrange, together with housemade clam chowder, corn bread, salad, rooster, mac n’ cheese, blueberry cake, and fireplace pits for s’extra roasting. 

Smore roasting

Smore time


It was such a magical journey – you’ll be able to try our full recap right here! – and I’m already having fun with scouring the internets for ideas for our subsequent one. 😉

Hope you’ve gotten a stunning day and I’ll see ya later with a brand new podcast episode about postpartum core coaching!