I know some people will say Glacier Bay trumps all else. But this is our first cruise and I am not sure I am much of a cruise person, so I want to make sure that we will be happy with the ship "experience". We are in our early 40s and I assume if the weather is tolerable, we will spend much of our time on our balcony or some other viewing spot with a glass of wine. I have zero interest in shows, magicians, comedians, pool games, or other entertainment. However, we do like a good bar and I would really love a chance to go dancing with a DJ to current music. We are also both night owls, so I would like to be on a ship that has things open late. I would also be interested in naturalist presentations or other things about Alaska, but I wouldn't want to participate in other educational stuff like cooking or language classes. We might utilize a spa treatment or two, but it is not a priority. I am also a vegetarian and a little afraid of buffets in general.
I was leaning toward Celebrity, because the ships and stateroom decor just look nicer than Princess or NCL, it has a lot of bar choices, and there isn't much price difference. But I have noticed a number of people say that their passengers tend to be older on average and one person noted things closing early.
I am sorry for such a long post, but I would be very thankful for any advice from seasoned cruisers! We have young kids (who will be staying with Grandma) and we may not get a chance both in terms of time and finances to do this again for a really long time and I want to get it right.