I want to THANK all the cruisers who share their information for side trips. I went to Alaska this past July. It is a beautiful place and everyone should have the chance to go at least once. Because of all the information shared and personal responses to my questions, I was able to take great side trips at a reasonable price, less crowded and a more personal tour.
These are the tour people I used from past recommendations received:
Kayaking with Panagea Adventures out of Valdez 800-660-9637
Whale watching with Orca and Cpt Larry 888-733-6722 in Juneau ( we watched bubble feeding for 30+ minutes before the cruise line tour ship got there; only 8 people on our boat, so everyone had a prime space)
Glacier walk with Coastal Helicopter 800-789-5610 in Juneau
Rented a car and drove to Carcross in Skagway from Avis car rental; picked up at Westmark Hotel
Deep sea fishing in Ketchikan with Ken at Northen Lights 888-550-8488