Our first veranda was on an Alaskan cruise and there is no turning back for us. As we were passing an island in the Inside Passage, my husband stood on the veranda and called to me to see the dog that appeared to be running along the beach chasing the ship. Suddenly he realized that the dog was actually a black bear running on that beach! That wasn't the only great moment on that cruise that we had because of the veranda. Go for it!