World Explorer Alaskan cruises seem to be loved by everyone who takes
them. I know some Ziners have been on them more than once. We have friends,
also, who swear by them. I am not sure about average age that goes on
them--it might be older than Ziner who inquired. I do know that a travel
agent friend tried recently to book clients on one of the WE cruises this
summer and found them to be almost fully booked---almost no open cabins.
So, if you want to do a WE Alaskan tour, I suggest booking long in advance.
Another company whose small-ship tours to Alaska are highly recommended
is Cruise West. A few years ago we went with your standard big cruise
line and had a wonderful time; however, if I were to do it again, I would
definitely use a small-ship line. Cruising from Vancouver to Alaska is
magnificent---gorgeous scenery! Cheers, Pat in Baltimore