We are going on our first cruise next summer aboard the Coral Princess, Vancouver to Seward. It looks like a good hunk of the time it will be in the inside passage. So which side is preferable for an outside cabin? We booked a starboard one, but am rethinking that. Does it really matter?
We just returned from the same itinerary and were told Starboard was the best. We were very happy with the views, although there really are views on both sides. I'd keep the starboard side, they are harder to come by and it was a real treat. I hope you booked a verandah as we watched Hubbard Glacier from the verandah and it was a great experience. The only downside to starboard is when you arrive in Seward. They tell you the boat docks at 7AM, but that is not true. It really docks at 1AM, or between 1 and 4 AM, and at 3AM they started to service the boat, take things off, with loud noises and machinery, and I woke up feeling like I was in a construction zone.........
We just did a Northbound with a Starboard cabin on the Dawn Princess. One more detail to think of if you have a balcony room. The prevailing winds came from the seaward side (port) the vast majority of the time during our cruise, so I asume that's the norm. Even in yucky weather we were able to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. I doubt the folks on the other side had the same luxury. I know the few times it came in straight off the bow it was difficult to go outside. I don't know if that's important to you, but I know my husband just about lived out there with his scope and camera!
As far as view goes, during the time you are in the inside passage (3/4 of the trip) can you see land on both sides?
yes you will have views a good deal of the time DEPENDING on the route- it also is NOT uncommon to have open sea sailing. Best views for me are at the front seeing it all! A great place for the glacier viewing- a point to consider- the viewing may be very brief from a side viewing cabin.