We are planning a Princess cruise to Alaska, and think it might be a one-time event - then again, maybe not. We were thinking 2005, but are now leaning toward 2006 as we see the costs and the fact that some of the cruisetours are already booked. Our minds are boggled. Cruise only vs. cruisetour? Whittier to Vancouver sounds like you see a lot more of Alaska. Round trip from Seattle sounds like a really condensed view of Alaska? Many seem to say the four-day cruisetour is nothing but traveling from place to place. Are the cruisetours truly a lot of exhausting moving around in groups? Are we really looking at up to 10 grand for two to do the cruise tour by the time you book excursions, pay for meals on land, pay air fare from the East Coast etc? We need advice big-time to un-boggle our minds. Help please!