My wife and I have never been on any cruise. In our 31 years of marriage, she has always said "NO" because she is afraid of getting sea sick with no way to get out. I have respected that, but today's modern cruise ships have the technology, using stabilizers, to keep the ship steady and everyone says its not a problem. But I had also heard that if you ever want to take a smooth cruise, an Alaskan cruise was perfect, especially for your first one. Thats because you sail the protected waters of the Inland Passage, not out in the open sea, and there is no rough water. After looking at tons of pictures from Alaskan cruises, the only ripples I've seen were from the ships wake so I figure it will be OK and my wife, still reluctantly, has agreed to finally give it a try.
Now, I have to be honest. The Inland Passage cruises are in Alaska, but to me Alaska is not along the coastline of Canada! So this had to include the "heart of Alaska" and Denali, for sure. So in my research I found trips that included both, and it worked out best with our schedule to visit the interior first (land portion) and cruise second. It's a package deal on Princess and gives you the best of both in one trip with all the details worked out for you. We'll get to see as much as we can (Alaska is way to big to see it all at one time) and feel like we got to see the real Alaska, including Anchorage, Mt. McKinley, Denali Park and we might just sneek up to Fairbanks. On the cruise portion we'll visit several ports of call including Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan while sailing through Prince William Sound and see glaciers and fjords. This trip alo includes riding the train for 5 hours through some of the best scenery in Alaska and we'll also take shore excursions to see the culture and history in gold mining towns and fishing villiages along the way.
Looks to be a great trip and we'll take lots of pictures and video too!