Hi Scott, my husband, sister-n-law and I will be on Spirit on Sept. 1st also. So far we have booked our own transportation to Denali (car and 2 nights at the Denali River Cabins). I know karen16 is in favor of the shuttle to Eielson but we have opted for the park tour. In Juneau it is Captain Larry and in Ketchikan it is bear watching with Island Wings. I'm not sure whether I am going to book any tours through Carnival when we get onboard but I doubt it. Since I'm not going to book any helicopter tours I think we will just see what's available in Sitka and Skagway. In Sitka I think we will walk around the town and then take the bus to the Raptor Center. Still haven't decided what we will do in Skagway. Some people love the train and others say it is boring. I don't think we will do it on this trip. We are really looking forward to this trip. From what everyone says on these boards I think this will be the first of many trips to Alaska. See you onboard.