I agree - I went on the spirit to Alaska - and had a wonderful time! However, if you are trying to save $$, then Alaska isn't the place to go. You need to go all out with everything to enjoy Alaska! Its beautiful!! I have always gotten a better price with my TA - even if its 100.00 pp cheaper - they always beat what I find on the net. I agree -- BOOK EARLY! They will always refund you $$ if the prices drop - or take it off the bottom line per say. Then you get a better chance of upgrade also. We were upgraded to an AFT balcony which going to Alaska was AWESOME because we got to see both sides of the glacier, inner passage, etc from our balcony. We went in September which seemed to be the cheaper month to go - got dark at the usual 7ish instead of midnight. But, that wouldn't have bothered me anyway - September was just a convenient month for us.