Well, my wife found out from some of her research that the town of Seward, AK is a “must-see.”
The cruises that I had been looking at did not go to Seward, so we’re back to an expanded set of questions and fewer answers. Also, I found out that Mt. Rainier is more than 4 hours drive from Vancouver, so the idea of going there for a few days after our cruise might be out as well. Taking that much time driving when you have so few days available seems sketchy. A few people have recommended salmon-fishing in Seward.
So now we’re thinking we may fly into Vancouver, take a one-way cruise that ends in Seward, then spend a few days in that southwestern coastal area of AK, and then fly home from Anchorage. It seems like a better idea to take a “one-way” cruise so that you aren’t spending precious time backtracking.