Family of 4 (boys 13 & 15), take a one way cruise (Whittier to Vancouver 8/16-23). Add a few days (0811-08/15) on for interior AS before Whittier. Have read most of the posts here. Here are my questions.
1) Denali - this forum overwhelmingly votes for Shuttle Bus (my preference as well). My only concern is the up to 1hr wait for the next shuttle bus. We are in Denali 8/12, might be the tail end of the peak season. The boys would get very frustrated if every time we get off, we have to wait an hr for the next bus (heck, I will be up on the wall as well). What is your experts' experience of the odds of waiting up to 1hr every stop? We definitely want to visit Wonder Lake, the tour bus does not go there. On the tour bus, can we even get off to take pictures/enjoy the view as a group, then back up on?
2) Kenai Fjords NP - I looked into the 2D/1N package with Kenai Fjord Glacier Lodge, but the $2350 ($725A/$625Youth) price tag is a bit steep. My alternative is the Northwestern Fjord Tour ($184/pp). I probably won't miss anything with the tour, other than not being able to stay INSIDE the park. What is your take? We figure we will see plenty of glaciers on our cruise anyway, the 1day tour is good enough.
3) Will have one way rental car from ANC to Whittier. Not sure of rental car offices at Whittier. Another option is to drop off car at Seward (a bigger town), take some kind of public transportation to Whittier - what is available? Which is a better option?