I'm also a must have balcony for Alaska cruiser. Regarding the privacy however......our cabin was one deck below the part of the buffet restaurant that juts out from the side of the ship....Zaandam......and from the corner booth you got a pretty good view of some balconies. So some privacy is lost. But if wearing a robe....shouldn't be a problem really. Robes don't have to be revealing right? Enjoy the trip, and your coffee and danish on the balcony with the incredible Alaskan scenery passing by. Just stunning.