Thanks so much! Would love to hear what anyone else has done as well. There are so many things to choose from and you are right, they are pricey!All the really cool excursions are pretty pricey.
For the 2011 cruise, we had ZERO money for excursions, so our son went gold panning ($20) in Skagway
my wife took a tour of the state capital (FREE) in Juneau
and I hit the Alaska Brewing Company ($15?) in Juneau
For the 2013 cruise, we took the White Pass Railroad in Skagway. It's fairly pricey and something I probably wouldn't do again. Beautiful scenery though.
In Juneau, we took the bus to the Mendenhall Glacier. We'll do that again. I don't think they gave us enough time there though. We also took the Mt. Roberts tram. That was just OK.
In Ketchikan, we took public transportation to Totem Bight State Park. I thought it was kinda cool, until I realized all of the totems were replicas. Ugh!
The best day by far is the Tracy Arm Fjord day. So beautiful and Disney does a great job of getting you VERY close.