Welcome to Cruise Critic, HeartSong!

As you've discovered, there are so many valuable resources here on the site, and many experienced cruisers to help you navigate the ins and outs of cruising. I've received great advice from people here. Make sure you check out the different threads on packing, the Roll Call for your ship and the Alaskan Ports of Call you'll be visiting...and keep an open mind on everything the experience has to offer.

Enjoy your cruise, and Happy Anniversary!