We are sailing on the Conquest next May. This wiil be our 3rd Carribean cruise (1st Western). We went to Alaska in May 2003 and I had plenty of Sun. We only had about 3 hours of darkness. You will never see scenary anywhere to match Alaska. We got a balcony cabin (a must) and made sure it was on the side to see the coast line since you travel so close to it most of the time. The balcony also made a huge difference when we were going thru glacier park (because it was so cold and wet). The only bad part, as least for me, would be the cold. I couldn't really spend any time outside. We went on the Dawn Princess and it was a great trip.