We did this tour a few years ago and stayed at Fairmont Hotels which were really excellent. The meals were taken in the main dining rooms at the hotels and were really top quality. At the time the deluxe tour was an amazing bargain as the hotels were great and all the meals were included which they weren't with the standard tour. It may be different now of course. In 2 weeks we are going on an Alaska land tour, staying at Princess Lodges but this time none of our meals are included.
Thank you for answering my question. It is very helpful.