When my sons were 9 and 13 we did a helicopter tour, and landing on a glacier. It was expensive, but they still talk about it (and they're now 21 and 25). It was a fortune to spend for 4, but a very exciting family experience.
I'd highly recommend doing a lot of research for any excursions, especially in Alaska. Just about all of them come with a high price and most of them are worth doing. Since you are going with an entire family, they will run up quickly.
I loved the White Pass Railroad excursion, such lovely views from the train and very imformative, just beautiful.
Be sure to catch some kind of whale watching, we went with Capt. Larry, Orka Enterprises in Juneau, great excursion. You could see the cruiseline boats jammed with 100 plus people while we had a dozen or so, big difference and I don't think there was much difference in price by going with Capt. Larry.
There are so many good excursions, you just need some good planning.
The White Pass Railroad in Skagway would be fun. In Ketchikan, a fun but inexpensive excursion with kids would be the Duck Tour. You take an amphibian bus around town for the scenic tour then into the water for a harbor scenic tour. Here is the website with a video explaining all.
Thanks. Can you recommend a company to book with for glacier helicopters and dog sledding?
Is it better to do this through the ship or privately?
For an early august departure, when should these bookings be made?
Would you book the Skagway White Rail Pass tour directly with the Railline and thereby save $14, per person over the cruise line price.
And what about booking the 4:30 departure?
Thanks for any insight. :