This will also be my first cruise in September and I was wondering about this question. IF we are sailing RT from San Francisco to Alaska, does it matter what side of the ship our rooms are on (we have balconies) ? I have heard when sailing South to North you should be on one side of the ship or the other.
Or do you usually come back in the exact same route that you took up? In that case it would not matter. But it seemed by the itinerary that on the way back you do not cruise through the same areas, but are on a sea bound route back to the SF port.
Hope I am making sense...