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Old 08-08-2010, 08:23 AM
 
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In regards to my Balcony question that was anwered well. Going out on deck opposed to sitting on a Balcony likely is the best idea to take it all in...BUT from your experience is it overwhelming with people and hard to see anything leaving us to run to our balcony? Just now thinking that maybe we will skip the Balcony and do our usual inside using the extra money for an excursion. Also ARE THERE USUALLY CHILDREN ON THESE CRUISES OR JUST MIDDLE AGE AND UP....I HAVE TWO TEENS VERY CONCERNED THAT THEY WILL BE ALONE? THANKS AGAIN!!
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It depends on the ship and it's amount of open deck space. People tend to stay around the first open deck or the promenade deck if the ship has one. Don't forget to think "higher", as in those little islands of deck chairs up at the top.

Families go on Alaska cruises. Again, it depends more on the time of the cruise. If you go in May or September, more schools are in session and you'll see fewer teens. Go in June, July, August, and there will be plenty of younger people.
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I would strongly recommend that you stick with the balcony. Alaska scenery is beautiful from beginning to end. To wake up to the majesty of snow covered mountains or sit on your balcony and watch an awesome sunset is a memory, that in my opinion, is priceless.

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I agree with Nadine. If you ever spring for a Balcony it would be on an Alaskan Cruise. It also stays light longer in the summer and the scenery is...breath taking to say the least. Have your morning coffee on your balcony. When we were in Hubbard Glacier it did get crowded up on top and we did escape to our own private balcony. Go For It
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As always...this forum and the people involved are of great help. Thanks.
Balcony it is.
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Remember to bring a warm jacket..It gets windy and cool on the balcony....But what a wonderful cruise you shall have....Happy Sailing...

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One complaint that I have heard about balconies is that they can be noisy. Doors can creak and wind can whistle. But I've never sailed in a balcony suite so I don't personally know.
As far as getting a good view is concerned - I would assume you have to be on the side where the view is.
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If you look at a navagational map of Southeastern Alaska you will see that much of the time there is land on both sides. There really is no good side or bad side. And when near the glaciers they very slowly rotate the ship so that everyone gets a good view.

Doors and ceilings can creak in any catagory of cabin; I have had this happen a couple of times; but a call to Passenger Services and it was fixed the next day--usually a couple of well placed shims do the job. And the only time I've had a balcony door whistle is when it was not closed all the way and latched. And if you leave it open the wind can whistle through the entry door. If it's annoying just shut the balcony door.

kmathi, I must agree with Nadine and janfred: if ever there is a time to get a balcony, it is on an Alaskan cruise . . . .well, that and a Panama Canal cruise too.
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[quote]Originally posted by kmathi:
In regards to my Balcony question that was anwered well. Going out on deck opposed to sitting on a Balcony likely is the best idea to take it all in...BUT from your experience is it overwhelming with people and hard to see anything leaving us to run to our balcony? Just now thinking that maybe we will skip the Balcony and do our usual inside using the extra money for an excursion. Also ARE THERE USUALLY CHILDREN ON THESE CRUISES OR JUST MIDDLE AGE AND UP....I HAVE TWO TEENS VERY CONCERNED THAT THEY WILL BE ALONE? THANKS AGAIN!![/QUOTE


We have not done a balcony on an Alaskan cruise. I run all over the place taking pictures. I am a grassis always greener on the other side when taking pictures kinda guy If we had a balcony I doubt I would be on it much (in Alaska). With that said we really enjoyed our Oceanview on our last Alaskan cruise.
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wonderful answers as always from everyone! We are going for the balcony (first time) and figure with way we have the option. Usually we are never in the room but this environment may warrant the change. Thank you all for your help. Cannot wait to see my daughters faces when they see the room!.. it is a surprise being they are used to the inside. VERY ANXIOUS
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