Cute Outfits for an Alaskan Cruise

I’ve mentioned a time or two that we’re Alaska bound. Our trip will begin in Seattle, where we’re scheduled to spend a couple of nights prior to departing on our cruise aboard the Disney Wonder. We’re {almost} set for the trip. We’ve got reservations for accommodations and activities in Seattle. We’ve got a full line-up of adventurous cruise excursions booked (more on that to come). We’ve even got all of our cruise paperwork completed. What I’m struggling with is wardrobe. Here in Tucson, we’ve been at or near 100 degree temperatures for weeks now. So–as you might imagine–packing for a glacial, snow-capped mountain trip is just a teensy bit outside of my box at the time being. Not to mention the fact that we really don’t even own cold-weather gear. That said, I’ve done my research and learned that the key to packing for an Alaskan cruise is to bring layers. The weather up in that neck of the woods can be quite fickle, apparently. I’ve had difficulty in trying to find outfit suggestions that are both suitable for the weather and somewhat stylish. And so I’ve done what any good blogger would do: I turned to polyvore and built my own. In spite of the fact that we are indeed headed into summer months, I am sharing my cold-weather creations here on the off chance that you, too, are headed North for the summer.

Alaska bound
I put this one together as an example of something suitable for a floatplane excursion. Or maybe a whale-watching excursion. 

Alaska bound
This outfit would be ideal for a day of light shopping in a quaint little port town, or maybe panning for gold and taking in the infamous lumberjack show. 

Alaska bound
How cute is this? We’ll be visiting a dog mushing camp during our trip and I hear it’s quite cold. An outfit like this would be perfect for the occasion. 

Alaska bound

And just for good measure, I thought I’d include a cute example of something to wear to dinner aboard the ship. Something like this would be great because it doesn’t leave too much skin exposed to the (often times) cool temperatures in the dining room but it’s still super cute.

So, how’d I do?

Tell me: which one most suits your style? And if you’ve ever been to Alaska, what was the one piece of clothing you found most valuable during your trip?


  1. I have never been to Alaska, but I come from cold weather parts. Long underwear will save your life, the very thin silk kind; you can buy them at REI for the whole family. Good boots, by Sorell or Ugg will last you, Jeff and the bigger kids (whose feet have stopped growing) forever. Oh, and hand warmer things…REI again. As a matter of fact, just go to REI!

  2. So jealous! I would love to do one of the Alaskan cruises! We’re doing a 5-night on the Dream next month, but we’ve done this itinerary twice – I’m ready for a change! (Also, I sound like I’m complaining and I’m not at all, just want to see something other than Nassau!)
    The second outfit is probably more my style, but I love that you included the camera in the third. :)

  3. I love the dress!

    All of the outfits are super cute, but those sturdy snow boots seem like a little much if you don’t think you’ll use them past the cruise. We went to Alaska 8 years ago. It was beautiful. We got lucky and were there during a “heat wave” and it was sunny and mild the first several days. Hope you have so much fun.

  4. I keep packing and repacking my stuff. We leave tomorrow (!!) for Seattle & Alaska. Last I checked, the 10 day forecast for Anchorage is in the 60s! I’m taking short boots, tennies, lots of layers and those silky long underwear just in case! Plus, I’ve heard you should make sure you take sunscreen and bug repellant for sure.

  5. I think the third outfit it more my style…and can I just say that my OCD makes me notice and be slightly annoyed that the second pair of pants need a good ironing?? Haha! Planning outfits is so fun! I have a really hard time shopping for cold weather clothes when it is still hot outside so I can imagine how difficult it is. I can’t wait to see pics from the trip and the stuff you decided to wear!

  6. You are going to be the most stunning one on the ship!

    LOVE the outfits you created on polyvore. I’ve always thought that “cold weather clothing” is so much more fun than “hot weather clothing” – but maybe that’s just b/c I’ve lived in Arizona most my life. ;)

  7. Hello, I’m really interested in finding out where to purchase some of the products you’ve posted for cute alaska cruise wear as I’m going in a month? Do you know if I can find these in polyvore? I’ve never used/been on that site.

  8. Glad you posted this! I have been searching for cute Alaska cruise inspiration, and like you said, there is just NONE! All of yours are super cute!

  9. Was looking for Alaska cruise outfits and came across this. Was wondering how you traveled from Seattle to Vancouver (assuming your Disney Cruise left from Vancouver) we are going in May and flying into Seattle from Texas and spending a couple of. Nights

    1. Actually, Andrea, ours was one of the very few Alaskan Disney cruises that departed from Seattle. You’re in for a treat. It’s such a beautiful part of the country and an amazing trip!

  10. Would LOVE to know where you found ALL the cute outfits. Going on my first Alaskan cruise in June!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.