Planning first Alaska cruise experience for next year and all the info' on the message board has already been most helpful...........thanks all contributors! However, if anyone cares to comment on the following matters, I will be grateful: 1. We plan to go early, mid May '04 and have heard that weather may be better than June (though appreciate that it is a bit of a lottery at any time) Has anyone experience of a May cruise? 2. We originally thought of an Inside passage itinerary, Vancouver back to Vancouver but now feel that a North-South, Seward/Whittier, may be better, due to additional glacier cruising in College fjord. Any views? 3. The choice will probably come down to Princess or Holland America, as both do Glacier Bay and have lots of balcony cabins. I understand that they are both good for Alaska but can anyone compare them from experience? Thanks in anticipation. Graham PS This is for my wife's 60th so a good time is planned!