I'm trying to decide on an Alaskan cruise and believe I've narrowed it down to Princess or Holland America. For those who've been on the large ships and the small ones, is one better for seeing scenery/wildlife and ease of disembarking at ports? I've thought that smaller ships are better, but perhaps not. One of the ships we're looking at (Statendam) has 1/2 the passengers of the big Princess ships. Our priorities are sights first, then I like good food and my husband likes a nice gym and sports. Both of us prefer not to hear lots of noisy kids (or drunk adults) when we're trying to relax. We are looking at Vanc. northbound.
Also, I've heard that the train from Seward to Anchorage goes through spectacular scenery. What about Whittier to Anchorage? Thanks.