We will be going on an Alaska Cruise mid-June/early July on Princess -- this will be our first trip to Alaska and we were wondering whether it was worth paying the extra cost for a cabin with a balcony, or whether we should just stick with an outside cabin with the large window. Any insight on port or starboard cabin locations would also be appreciated.
If the budet will allow it, go for the balcony cabin!! A balcony cabin is always a treat, but I think certain itineraries it can truly enhance the cruise. Alaska is one of these.
Nothing quite like spotting whales from the balcony, or watching the glaciers calve.
We had an outside cabin with a large window on Mercury last August. My son loved the fact that he could see out the window from his pull down bed. Coming into port in the mornings was great. However - all the rest of the time we were up on deck getting a much better view of everything. I can't imagine sitting on the balcony when the view is much bigger. Not too many people utilized their balconies except for maybe morning coffee or cocktails before dinner.
WE HAVE BEEN ON TWO ALASKA CRUISES BOTH WITH PRINCESS.
WE HAVE NOT MISSED A BALCONY. EVEN IN JUNE THE WEATHER IS USUALLY COOL AND STAYING OUT FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME WOULD BE TOO CHILLY. I ALWAYS FOUND A BETTER USE FOR THE EXTRA MONEY WOULD BE ON THE SHORE EXCURSIONS. THE COMMON AREAS ARE NOT CROWDED SO YOU REALLY DO SEE EVERYTHING. I FOUND IT QUITE WONDERFUL TO STAND OR SIT UP ON DECK AND WATCH THE GLACIERS CALVING WHILE THE NATURALISTS WOULD ALERT US TO WHAT WE WERE ACTUALLY SEEING. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR UPCOMING ADVENTURE.