Hi, would love to do Alaska with you. Are you set on a Carnival/Seattle itinerary? This Coral Princess deal is only $1199 but will probably sell out in a heartbeat. Like you, I definitely want a balcony for Alaska and plan to do some good shore excursions. This itinerary is Vanc, Ketchikan, Skagway, Glacier Bay, College Fjord & Anchorage and these are the best places. Also, ending in Anchorage gives the option to go to Denali for a couple days if you want. I was a Fortune-50 I/T sales prof'l for many years and am fun, outgoing and flexible. I enjoy wine and cocktails also, though Irish Coffee might be the thing for Alaska
. Turned 50 this year but am not an old lady at all. Hope to hear from you.