I don't like those long plane flights either.
And I definitely don't like snow and cold weather.
Ah, but Alaska on a cruise ship -- that is different!
The flight is sure a lot shorter than the Med, Africa or Australia. In fact for us left coasters, it is shorter than to Florida!
And the cold weather -- for a couple of hours in Glacier Bay, and a few hours in port -- but otherwise a lovely climate inside the ship and all the comforts!
We will make our ninth cruise to Alaska next summer. I am looking forward to it!