I agree that a balcony is a "must". You will spend a lot of time there whale watching and just enjoying the passing views. I disagree with using Capt. Larry for the whale watching in Juneau. We have used him and the cruise line's whale watching tour (on different trips). The cruise line tour is definately better in that they use bigger and more stable boats, they are less crowded, they serve better snacks, and if you don't see any whales, they will refund the cost of the tour.