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kmathi 08-07-2010 09:20 AM

Hi everyone. Advice please. Usually we cruise inside cabins because we find ourselves never in our room and it always seems to be good enough BUT we are planning an Alaska cruise and feel that this type of trip warrants us splerging and taking a balcony cabin. For those of you who have done this trip...which side of the ship, right of left is the best side to choose the balcony on. Our first stop is the Tracy Arm with Skagway, Junaeo, and Ketchikan following. Thanks..

Dave 08-07-2010 09:32 AM

It doesn't matter. You'll see one side coming, and the other going. For the glacier trip up Tracy Arm the ship will stop for a while, and turn so both sides get a chance to see the glacier face.

Sandy 08-07-2010 12:46 PM

You'll love having a balcony to watch the world go by. The Alaska scenery is worth it.

However --

My favorite place to be while cruising the Inside Passage or near any glacier, is up near the top of the ship. You'll be able to hear the naturalist's commentary as it's broadcast over the Public Address system. S/he will be describing the history and geology of glaciers, Alaska in general, etc. Also, when on one of the open decks, you will find yourselves going from one side of the ship to the other as the naturalist describes different things visible from both sides of the ship.

Remember to bring binoculars and warm clothing with you, as it can get cold as you spend time near the glaciers. You'll still want to be outside to enjoy the full view.

It's possible that the naturalist's commentary may be piped into your cabin, but you probably can't hear it sitting out on the verandah with the door closed. The commentary is usually piped into at least one public lounge as well, where people can sit with a great view, warm up, order a drink, etc.

Dave 08-07-2010 01:26 PM

We got spoiled when we had an OS on the Rhapsody with our balcony directly behind the port bridge wing. There was somebody from the state of Alaska on the bridge wing with the Captain and would talk to me directly as I took photos. He pointed out sheep way up in the mountains to me, etc. I think there was another person doing commentary on the PA system, but you are correct - we didn't hear it in our cabin.

kmathi 08-07-2010 03:46 PM

thank you. this helped.

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