We're booked on the same cruise on 8/11. We're going to stay in two balcony rooms as well. (Category 2 rooms, $979 pp plus $180 in port fees.) How does that compare with your "deal?" I think that the Mercury is a great bargain. My agent said that the wasn't originally planned to be in Alaska, which is why great rooms are still available.
We're planning on extending our day in Vancouver, for at least 3 extra days. We had looked at the Banff, Jasper cruisetour but I think it might be a bit much for my 6-year old. Anyone have any ideas about a great place to extend our stay -- two late-40 parents (us) plus our 85 year old mom and 6 year old kid.