I took my family and my wife's sister's family on an Alaskan cruise a few years ago. I've been on 7-8 cruises, and this one topped them all. The beauty is second to none, the towns have friendly people, and there is always something to do. Since we had 8 in our party, when we got off the ship, we would find a local with a van, and we would duplicate the packages set up by the ship for about 1/4th the cost. We did the 7 day cruise, along with the train ride into Denali Park, and took a total of 10 days. The greatest memory was the white water rafting excursion. It was a blast!