All my photos were taken using my Canon Rebel T3. If I am in the picture, then a cast member, an excursion guide, a family member or a random person took the photo. I usually buy the Photopass at WDW, but the photo package on the cruise is WAY more than I want to pay. I am sure there are others who are glad to buy the photo package, so that's just a personal decision. I did use the landscape mode on my camera for lots of the photos. This worked out very well, except in Juneau as I will explain in the next section of the report! Thanks for thinking my pictures are good! I do enjoy taking them, but I'm definitely not a pro! I only had two problems with booking so late. 1)My first choice for whale watching was already booked, but I used reviews from Trip Advisor to find another company, and this worked out very well. 2) The Bering Sea Crab Fisherman Tour in Ketchikan was sold out both on their website and through Disney. I was able to book using Shoretrips.com, and this worked great. More expensive than booking with the vendor directly, but still less than Disney. As meajuly5 said, it's really not difficult to book Alaskan Excursions on your own. I highly recommend Trip Advisor and this thread: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2723087. I also recommend choosing things that are good for everyone. I really wanted to do the train in Skagway, but I knew my kids would be over the scenery in about 3 minutes. (Then, they would have spent the rest of the train ride arguing with each other.) For us, it was better to choose things that kept us moving and engaged. I also talked to them about different excursions. My DS wanted to walk on a glacier, DD wanted to pet sled puppies, and I wanted to see whales. We were able to work all of that into the plans. There are so many wonderful excursions that it is difficult to choose, and I hope we can go back someday and try others we missed this time. But, with a little research, you'll find what fits your family the best!