My husband and I are taking a 19-day cruise/tour on HAL in July/August 2010. We have never been on a cruise or a land tour, preferring to do our own thing but others have raved about this trip. My question is what to do while we are in port during the cruise part of the trip. My inclination is to just do our own thing since so much of the trip is structured but I'm not sure if we will be missing out on some great experiences if we don't book some shore excursions. We are both in our 70's and in good health although we each have a bad knee so no long hikes but otherwise we are fine. My husband is an artist so we like to go to art galleries, museums and are interested in learning about the place we are in. And, of course, seeing beautiful scenery. We will be in the following ports:
Haines - 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Juneau - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Ketchikan - 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
I have been following all of the advice on TA and welcome any suggestions.