Hi Wes (and Luanne, too)
I'm going back and forth between the two choices, which seem to be:
Book an excursion myself and pay less that way, but then the cruise line lets you off last like a second-class citizen and you could potentially miss the re-embarking..
pay extra for doing it through the cruise line, but have peace of mind in tendering/disembarking and that the ship won't leave without us.
I also have to figure out our budget, since the Balcony stateroom was $1400 pp. I'm thinking that the Mendenhall Glacier is good (Juneau). The other places, I'm really not well enough to do stuff, and not sure if we should really overspend for helicopters or other flights.