I've been stalking all you destination experts, trying to get information and put together an itinerary for a trip to Alaska in the summer of 2011. I'm heeding your advice and starting early.
Some background, I'm the trip planner for what I think will be about 10, mostly like minded friends in the 50's age group. We're active, love an adventure, want to go salmon and halibut fishing, kayaking, 1/2 day hikes, climb up on a glacier, love natural beauty and wildlife, want to be in a warm, clean bed at night, nothing fancy. Some people tell me that you can't fully appreciate Alaska unless you take a cruise???? So I'm thinking a cruise and then about 10 days on land, but when I start looking at costs it starts to get pretty pricey. I'm sure a cruise would be enjoyable, we've been on several Carribbean cruises, however, I have no burning desire to cruise again unless "we're going to miss so much....".
So, your thoughts please - cruise and 8 days on land or 15 days on land (and maybe some shorter boat trips)???? Thanks so much for your advice.