Dear Amy: My family is planning an Alaskan cruise and they asked me to do some research. What time of year is best for taking this type of trip? — Karsyn W., Seattle, Washington
Dear Karsyn: The best time to go on an Alaskan cruise really depends on the type of weather your family enjoys. The cruising season runs from April through September, and the warmest months are June, July and August. The days are longer and you will have the chance to view a bigger variety of wildlife, such as bald eagles, mountain goats and humpback whales, as you explore the area. Another advantage of a summer cruise is that the month of June is the least likely to have rainy days.
If you don’t mind shorter days and cooler weather, there are also benefits to traveling in April and May. Crowds are smaller and there are fewer mosquitoes at this time of year. You may encounter snow and even icy conditions, however.
If you get seasick easily, you should steer clear of traveling in September, because the waters are rougher as hurricane season begins. For more information about wildlife you will encounter on your trip, visit Alaska’s Wildlife, alaskacruises.com/alaska-vacations/alaska-wildlife.
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