To start we aren't new to cruising, we are D+ (450+ pts) on Royal and Elite on Princess, but most of our cruises have been to the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, and Hawaii, mainly because we live in the mountains of Colorado and like warmer weather cruises. I have fished in Alaska each Summer for years but we just booked our first Alaska cruise on Radiance for 2 weeks next August (b2b's, Northbound and Southbound from Vancouver with two pre-cruise nights at the Pan Pacific). My wife wants to begin researching excursions well in advance so when excursions open up for booking we are ready to go. We prefer moderate to extreme excursions where we are active. If anyone has recommendations we would appreciate it.