Not this year, most likely next so it's not an immediate need to book anything. Having searched the site and a variety of other websites, I'm coming across reasons to consider pretty much any time frame in the general "season" May to September. My impression is that May is driest, getting progressively wetter through September (in a general sense), that the mid season may be most predictable for bear viewing side excursions, but the fall images and colors I've seen are spectacular. My wife is not a fan of small planes or helicopters so I'm not sure any of the flight-seeing or out and back bear "tours" are necessarily going to be something we'd do together, so I'm really looking at recommendations for a general time frame, if one were to be doing a typical cruise/tour. Then from there, we may consider extending the time at some point(s) along the line during the ground sections of the trip, especially to get around the need to adhere to the general "tour" scheduled nature of the bus and train legs, etc. I doubt our budget would stretch to the point that the more specialized small ship tours or dedicated small group photo "tours" would fit but would likely look to opportunities outside the more typical canned/planned shore excursions, etc. So, if you were going to do a cruise tour, what time frame would folks recommend, and what side tours or extensions would you recommend. Since most of the cruise and tour operations are consistently enthusiastic about their offerings, it's a little hard to be sure just what to be reasonably sure of.