Posted April 23rd, 2018, 04:53 PM
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 ...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.
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.
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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