Will be travelling to Alaska (RCCL) September 2005. (OK: I like to plan WAY ahead!). This will be a first cruise for husband and me. I'm a bit nervous about booking excursions outside the cruise-line, but the reviews certainly make them sound cost-effective and enjoyable. (ie: Captain Larry's whale watching.) If you have booked outside of the cruise-line, how have you coordinated the timing of the excursions? Also, do you have any "winners" either from within RCCL or private firms. (Inner passage September 17-24, 2005) Any assistance or thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks!