Hi WelshTracy, and congratulations on planning your first anniversary cruise!
We returned last month from a Norwegian fjords cruise -- it was, quite simply, the most beautiful and majestic scenery we have ever experienced. Each port brought something new. And, for the most part, we were the only ship in port, so rarely had to put up with crowds.
While we did not see many whales, we did see a lot of reindeer on our way to North Cape.
In all fairness, I have not yet been to Alaska, although it is on the to-do list. The reason we chose Norway first was to go before many more people discovered this wonderful cruising destination.