On Alaska, it is just a flip of a coin. You are in the inside passage, so usually you have land of both sides for much of the time. We have been on both sides, and starboard may be a little better (going from Vancouver) So you will probably want the port side. (this is usually facing away from the dock though) A lot of the time you will be on deck or at the front of the ship to see everything. Usually if you see whales, it is at the front of the ship. Be sure to bring warm clothes as it is cold when you go to college fjord. You will really enjoy this trip. My kids stayed on the back end of the ship all the time because of the hot chocolate.