My husband & I did HAL to Alaska in 2000. It was wonderful. You do Glacier Bay with HAL. There was a naturalist on board who would let us know when something noteworthy was passing by, and explain what we were seeing. There was a woman from the Tklinglit tribe who did cultural lectures and explained what we would see and talked about the Native American cultures and their contributions to the areas we were visiting. The morning in Glacier Bay we had hot split pea soup served on deck. There was Dutch hot chocolate on deck at 4:00. You won't find pool side barbeques or late night hoot-n-hollar parties, but it with less than 2000 passengers, it was a great trip. HAL has been doing Alaska for years, and does it right. We didn't do the land package, but a friend who did said it was wonderful.