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#21
Centerville, Ohio, USA
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Originally posted by jcCruiserNYC
Hmmm, people over at the Panama Canal thread wrote that if one was to stay on one's balcony for the sight-seeing, then one would miss a great deal of the best sight, for the Panama Canal itinerary that is ...
https://boards.cruisecritic.com/show....php?t=2621809

Would this apply to the Alaska itinerary too?
I am planning a future cruise to Alaska as well, and have always thought a balcony would be a necessity ........ until I read the Panama Canal thread.
I maintain the position that a veranda stateroom on an Alaskan cruise is wonderful if one wants to spend the money for such, but the cruise will cost one less if an outside stateroom is booked. And, the veranda, while nice to have if the weather is good, is not necessary.

Getting a viewing position in the forward part of the ship provides a much more comprehensive view of the scenery. Depending upon the ship's Master, when the ship is in a specific area that has a scenic attraction, i.e. Hubbard Glacier, the Captain may spin the ship around (slowly, of course) so that all on each side of the ship will have a view of the magnificent Glacier.

You are correct, in my opinion, to be re-thinking the issue of veranda vs. no veranda stateroom. Really, it comes down to personal preference, I suppose.
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#22
Charlotte, NC
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Joined Mar 2012
Alaska was our first balcony room. DEFINITELY worth it. We actually had two connecting balconies for 5 people, the 4 of us + G-Ma rather than a larger family Ocean view for the same price. Make CERTAIN you select one of the cruises that includes the Glacier Bay component as the ship literally sits in the bay rotating as you watch the glacier calve into the sea. You can then watch that from your own balcony rather than having to "compete" with others on the ship to watch it from the top decks. Also don't forget to take a good pair of binoculars with you on that trip. We were able to watch bears, eagles and whales from our balcony.
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#24
Pa, NJ
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Joined Apr 2000
Would also recommend an aft balcony. Often when sailing wildlife is on one side and may not be seen if you’re on the wrong side.
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#25
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Joined Feb 2006
Sorry for my novice question, but if anyone can help.
I plan to take my over-70's mom to Alaska Cruise in June or July this year. It is the last minute plan and I know most of rooms are booked. I plan to book Balcony room so that she gets to sit and relax in our room as she doesn't speak any English. I plan to take Northbound Princess Cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage. If I book the room on the left side of the cruise ( I assume it's called Port Side?), is the sea the only view I can see from the room? I believe most people suggests Star Side, but most are taken. There are few left, but in either Aft or Forward room. Should I still stick to whatever is available at Star Side, or book one which will be on the mid-ship, lower deck (like Deck 7-9), at Port Side? Never been to Alaska and don't know how bad people can get sea sick. Just want to do the best as possible for my mom. Thank you for any advise.
#26
Orange County, CA, USA
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Joined Apr 2012
Cakelover:
I just checked the Princess map and up to Glacier Bay you are in the Inside Passage including the strait between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia, so with the exceptions of a few places where the ship swings west of a point or island with nothing out there but the ocean, the view is just as interesting from the port side as the starboard. After Glacier Bay you cross the Gulf of Alaska and the starboard side is pretty far from any land for most of it, too. And marine mammals might be seen on either side!

Your ship visits College Fjord and your captain with rotate the ship to make sure everyone gets a good view (same as in Glacier Bay). You dock in Whittier and go over land to Anchorage.

Take the best, most central and lower stateroom available and do not worry about being on the port side! Lots to see! My DH did get seasick crossing the Gulf of Alaska (never in the inside passage); the ship will have meclazine available. The possible sightings of animals will be better lower, too.
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#27
Trinity, FL
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Joined Aug 2015
Just back from Seward to Vancouver on RC Radiance of the Seas. So glad we had a balcony (deck 10, port side) despite several cold/cool and damp days. Mornings in port (in our PJs) were magical...eagle watching in Juneau and Ketchikan, magical views after dinner (10-11 p.m. in our PJs) of snow capped mountains, a glass of wine at sail away - need I say more! We were up on deck 12 for Hubbard Glacier viewing...cold, windy, FABULOUS! But the time in our cabin with the drapes wide open just watching the gorgeous views was well worth the difference in cost.


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#28
516 Posts
Joined Apr 2017
Originally posted by MCWescott
Just back from Seward to Vancouver on RC Radiance of the Seas. So glad we had a balcony (deck 10, port side) despite several cold/cool and damp days. Mornings in port (in our PJs) were magical...eagle watching in Juneau and Ketchikan, magical views after dinner (10-11 p.m. in our PJs) of snow capped mountains, a glass of wine at sail away - need I say more! We were up on deck 12 for Hubbard Glacier viewing...cold, windy, FABULOUS! But the time in our cabin with the drapes wide open just watching the gorgeous views was well worth the difference in cost.


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Hubbard Glacier from our balcony on the Radiance July 2017.



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#29
New Jersey
87 Posts
Joined Jan 2012
We need help picking a balcony cabin for the Coral Princess. Can anyone provide me with info on Cabin C505, C509, C527, C531, B347 and/or B351. I appreciate your help!!!
#30
Châteauguay, Qc. Canada
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Joined Aug 2015
We did a repo Hawaii to Vancouver on Solstice with a balcony. Unfortunately, moderate 13-15 feet waves, rain, wind and cold put a damper on our balcony enjoyment... So we had only booked an ocean view room on Infinity, Hubbard Glacier, Vancouver to Vancouver June 2018, and were fortunate to upgrade to a balcony Aqua class. ... Absolutely loved the experience!!! The inside passage provided for calm seas, beautiful views, mountains, wild life etc. Even if the captain had granted helipad access for the viewing of Hubbard Glacier (tried it, liked it but it was pretty crowded) so we loved going back to our quiet balcony, front row, to enjoy the view. So, we used the balcony a few times a day and really enjoyed the experience!

Weather is unpredictable, thought Hawaii would be great fora balcony, a and finally ended up enjoying it more in Alaska.

If the deal is good and can afford it, in my opinion, you won’t regret a balcony in Ak.

Have a nice cruise!


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