Originally Posted by MeAgain2222
Hi- we are planning our first ever cruise this summer. Our north bound trip will include stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. We will also be staying an extra day in Anchorage. Our family ("kids" 17 and 22) enjoy hiking and adventures, so thought of hiking a glacier, kayaking or whale watching. Any suggestions for tours/guides? Thanks for any help
Ah, so many choices in Alaska. For your first cruise, it is easy and convenient to book ship's excursions. They will pretty well take care of everything for you, and the excursions are almost universally very good. At least, you want to read over the ship's brochure to get an idea of options available.
You can also just plug in all your options in Google and find many many providers. Then check Trip Advisor or Frommer's for reviews. It is a lot of work but can result in some good excursions.
TEMSCO in Juneau has a very good reputation for helicopters. I am pretty sure the hike can be booked through the ship. Captain Larry of Orca Enterprises has a good rep for whale watching independently, but we also really like the tours from the ship with Allen Marine.
In Skagway we really like to rent a car and drive over the White Pass to Caribou Crossing for the dog sled rides. There is also horseback and I think canoeing at Spirit Lake Inn in the Yukon. Here is a page on this trip
Driving from Skagway into the Yukon
You can see some excursions, out of the many possibilities, that we have enjoyed. We are not as young or adventurous as you probably are! Alaska Excursions Guide