We are planning on going to Alaska next summer on our own (i.e. not with a cruise ship). We were in Alaska before and saw Anchorage, Fairbanks, Denali & Seward and loved it. This time we will see Denali again, Chena & Glacier Bay which I assume will not be *that* crowded but we are also planning to visit Juneau and Ketchikan (and renting a car in both places). I found a cruise ship schedule for these towns and there will be 3-4 ships in each day during the entire time we will be in Alaska. We are an outdoorsy family and would like to hike around, see Mendenhall glacier, zip line, rain forest walks, Mt. Roberts Tramway (& hiking), Misty Fjords cruise and try avoid huge amounts of pushy people and long waits for a restaurant and long lines for, well, just about everything. Is it really unpleasantly crowded in the towns when there are that many cruise ships around?
We were in Europe this year and it seemed everywhere we went, even the hiking trails in Switzerland, there were huge groups of pushy tour groups and this really spoiled the trip for us. We would like to avoid this.