You have chosen the best way to see Alaska. We had an aft balcony cabin this year on Radiance and it was the greatest. I would get up early in the morning and wrap myself in a blanket on the lounge chair and watch the scenery from the quiet of my cabin (didn't have to rush to get dressed to go out on deck). I saw whales a couple of times and it was wonderful. We spent more time in our cabin than ever before and it was worth every hard earned cent. You don't get the wind which is great and you have lots of privacy too. This will be a trip to remember!!