Dont go with NCL they will ruin your celebratio.
We have just come back from alaska, if you do it do it in style, a week in the rockies, train down to vancouver (rocky mountaineer goldleaf) a weeks cruise and a land tour at the end, costs a lot but you will only do it onc.
Went in May with NCL,spent 3 days in Vancouver first,fantastic city,then 7 day cruiseup to Alaska.Dont book any tours on ship when your up in Alaska,loads tours when you get off ship, right on Quayside,local guides,lot cheaper and guides know more about area and money stays local.When docking in Ports of call, go down back streets,local traders,gifts actually made in Alaska not China !! finally make sure you book a balcony,you will spend a lot of time there just looking at the fantastic scenery. My partner and I hardly slept...lol..didn't want to miss Whales/wildlife/scenery....you have picked right place for your Wedding Anniversary....you will never forget Alaska.....We're going back as soon as we can ....have a brill time.
Try going after the 2nd week of August,(been twice)it's the best time to go if you want to see wild animals. If you can afford it, try a 1 week cruise combined with a one week land tour.Princess cruises is one of the best for this. The food is superiour,the staff excellent and their ships probably the the best afloat. I'm having my 4th cruise with them in October. Neville Glasgo.
We cruised from Seattle for our alaskan cruiseand did the inside passage in May. Depending how active you are choose your excursions carefully.We loved the train ride on the White Pass Scenic Railway out of Skagway well worth it. also the whale watch out of Juneau you really do see the whales up close and the bald eagle.A must is the Red Dog Saloon in Juneau. We cannot wait to go on another Alaskan cruise and to see the Hubbard Glacier calf again infront of our eyes but not too close. Our ship was Celebrity Merur.
We went on the sea Princess to Alaska at the beginning of september 1994 and it was superb. The ship was beautiful as were the places we called at. We then extended our trip to stay in alaska for a week using the glass topped train at some time.A well recommended tri.
Did this trip with Princess Cruises from Vancouver last August, fantastic. Heard poor reports from people who cruised on NCL. Also teamed it up with some time in Vancouver, a visit to Vancouver Island, trip on Rocky Mountaineer. A trip of a lifetime. In all we spent nearly a month in Canada. You can save a lot of money by booking it all yourself.
Try canadatravelspecialists.com for a celebrity cruise to alaska with days in Vancouver or a tour. Have travelled with them before and they gave some great option.
We cruised with Royal Caribbean to Alaska 2 years ago to celebrate our 40th anniversary and thought it was a wonderful trip. We received information advising us that May was a good time to do the trip as the colours were much better and we were very glad we did. The scenery, colours, snow etc., were wonderful and believe it or not so was the weather. The only downside was that all the trips are very expensive. My husband did the fishing trip by sea plane which was expensive, no fish were seen never mind being caught and the waders he was given were letting in the water, however the experience was wonderful. We did a sea plane trip back in Vancouver which was a much cheaper option, though obviously no snow.
Get on the smallest ship you can afford. In this way you'll get up close to the wild and icy shorelines rather than seeing them from a long way away.