Posted August 27th, 2013, 01:23 PM
I cannot speak to gay-friendly cruise lines. You may want to post to and/or sift through the GLBT forum for insights
We've done several AK trips on a variety of lines. If Glacier Bay is a "must" that would eliminate RCCI (and X and Azmara) - since RCCI corp does not cruise Glacier Bay (although I've been to Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier and it really is more a question of weather rather than geography -- both can be amazing when the weather is good, and rather "ho hum" if socked in with fog/very low hanging clouds). Any other ports that are "must sees"?
Disney can be pricey -- I agree better values can be found with Holland, Princess or NCL.
We've had great experiences with Princess and NCL for children's programs. Never had any kids when we were on Holland. The 3YOs will be able to attend the children's programs on either line. A 1YO would not on either.
As to excursions, the historic train ride in Skagway might be good for the mobility impared -- two visits ago we saw the train folks using specialized equipment to board a multi-handicapped individual, I assume they would have a variety of aids to be able to assist passengers. Once on board, it is pretty passive -- which might not make it a good option for the littlest ones (we did it when DD was 8YO, both she and I were thoroughly bored and very glad we had each brought a book, but that's us