Hi CHICAGOPAUL! Thank you so much for all of your amazing reviews and I can't wait to read about your Alaskan Adventure. I've been a stealth reader but there are so many similarities between you and Edward and Troy and myself (I'm an agent in FL, love of cruising, great shoes, positive outlook on life etc...) that I had to jump in. Like you guys, we had done only warm weather cruises. Troy mentioned he'd like to do and Alaskan cruise and my first thought was.....well let's just say it wasn't YAY! In the end we now consider it one of our favorite cruises.
For shore excursions the ones that stand out are the ziplining in Ketchikan and the helicopter to Mendenhall Glacier which I made our profile photo. I don't like heights - it's not a fear - I just don't like them 😉 and was a little wary about ziplining from tree to tree but it was actually very cool and I'd do it again in a minute. But with regards to the height thing please know that the "test" zip they do to see if you're ok with it is about 40 ft off the ground with the next one being about the same and what you don't see is that all the rest are about 200 ft off the ground. The helicopter ride to Mendenhall also test my height thing but the views are amazing and walking on the glacier is extremely peaceful and almost surreal. The helicopter company provided hiking boots but we did need to wear a full set of thermal underwear under our clothing.
I'll be following along as you plan and can't wait for embarkation day!