Stereotype #1: Alaska Is All Glaciers and Ice
The picture that I included of the chunk of ice is what many people probably picture when they hear of Alaska or Alaska cruises. Alaska is more than just ice and glaciers. You will find valleys, rivers, mountains, and even grass in Alaska. There are green plants in Alaska, just like many other places in the world. Before I cruised to Alaska I believed that Alaska would just be a bunch of glaciers and I quickly learned that I was wrong.
Stereotype #2: Only Old People Cruise Alaska
There are many places on the internet that think that Alaska cruises are only for older people. There may be some times when more older people are cruising Alaska, but there are also many times where families and young adults cruise Alaska. People of all ages can enjoy Alaska and should not worry about being the only young person onboard. On my Carnival Miracle cruise to Alaska in 2013, my cruise had almost more young adults than older adults. That is based on my observation, but it still shows that Alaska is not just for old people.
Stereotype #3: Alaska Is A Part of Canada
Alaska is not a part of Canada. I heard some passengers calling Alaska a part of Canada on my Alaska cruise vacation. Alaska is a state in the United States. Alaska is geographically located close to Canada, but Alaska is not a part of Canada. This may seem a little unrealistic, but some people may think this way too.
Stereotype #4: Alaska is Always Cold
Temperatures in Alaska are typically thought of as cold. This is not true because in Alaska temperatures have reached as high as the 80s. When I cruised to Alaska in June 2013 the locals in ports were saying the temperatures were averaging in the upper 70's and 80's. Alaska can be hot and cold, so make sure you pack accordingly for the expected weather.
Stereotype #5: It Rains Every Day in Alaska
The weather in Alaska seems to include rain a lot of the time, but it does not rain everyday in all parts of Alaska. Based on my experience it did not rain during my June 2013 stops in Tracy Arm Fjord, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Juneau. Be prepared for rain on your cruise and be happy if your cruise receives sunshine!
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