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Old 01-05-2017, 06:38 PM
 
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Default Southbound Inside Passage - Which side of the Ship?
Hi everyone.

My parents asked me this the other day, and I'm not sure what side of the ship would be better for scenery, although I would think both sides would have great scenery. My parents are doing a southbound inside passage cruise (starting in Whittier, and ending in Vancouver). They think that the port side (left side) would be better for scenery, as I guess their theory is that side is closer to the mainland. Anyone have any advice on this? They will have a balcony stateroom I believe (Crystal Cruises I think refers to it as a veranda), which is the line they're cruising on.

My parents do have passports, if you were wondering about that, as I know this is a requirement, since it's a one way cruise.
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Once in the actual inside passage there is land on both sides, especially when the ship heads back north to Juneau and Skagway. When out in the open ocean between Whittier and entering the lower peninsular area, the ship does have to be a certain distance from the coast (if they want the casino open, and they do). So to me it doesn't matter that much which side I have.
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You're right that there is great scenery on both sides of the ship on an Inside Passage cruise, and also right that perhaps the port side has a slight advantage. Remember, too, that most of the time that your parents will be viewing scenery will not be from their room, even though they have a balcony. I'm sure they will much prefer getting the 360 view from one of the outdoor areas on the ship.

The passport is required because they will be in Canada.
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Thanks, Dave and Sandy. I'll pass that info along.
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