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Alaska Post-Cruise from Anchorage (Whittier) - Independent? or Cruisetour?

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I'm helping plan a trip for my parents in their mid-fifties. They have traveled extensively in the US and are comfortable driving in new places. They are doing a northbound cruise from Vancouver - probably with Princess. I'm wondering whether it would be better (both from the perspective of cost and experience) to plan the post-cruise land portion of the trip independently or go with booking a cruisetour.

It seems to me that the cruisetour has the advantage of convenience, but it seems like a lot of the time is spent being shuffled from here to there on various means of transportation. And I want them to be able to enjoy their time exploring areas that interest them rather than being shuffled off to the next location.

I'm sure that they would enjoy the train ride in the glass-domed cars, but it seems that this can be booked on its own (at a buy one get one free rate) and that everything else could maybe be covered by renting a car and booking lodging on their own. Or is there something I'm missing?

Ideally, they will have about 6 days (5 nights) to explore, disembarking from the cruise on a Wednesday morning and then flying out of (probably) Fairbanks the following Monday evening.

They love scenic drives...some easy short hikes with great views...and maybe broken up by a little bit of small town culture...and some relaxation. They should have enough money to do an excursion or two of some sort if it's worthwhile.

This will be the final leg of their dream trip that starts in the Canadian Rockies....and I'd also like for them to have a nice celebration dinner on the last night if there is someplace that fits the bill.

I'm not adverse to doing the research, but I am a bit lost at this point and am hoping for a little guidance and some opinions.

Thanks in advance!

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