My husband and I cruised to Alaska with NCL this summer.
It was great. This was a dream trip for my husband. The views and wildlife were beautiful. I thought it was a little cold for June, but still had a great time.
We choose to book our excursions through NCL and that saved a lot of time and effort when we got there. In Ketichan we went Salmon fishing. No one on the boat was able to catch anything that day.
In Juneau, we took the floatplane over the icefields and around the town and surrounding area. This by far was the most memorable time that we had.
The shopping in Alaska was better than I had expected. In Skagway, I found a pair of blue diamond earrings. I never thought I would be able to buy something like that in Alaska.
I would highly suggest cruising for the first visit to Alaska, It gives you a overall experience and the tools to plan your next visit.