Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Destinations > Alaska
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old October 3rd, 2004, 12:03 PM
Lou Lou is offline
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Sarasota, FL
Posts: 586
Default Balcony : Port or Starboard

We're considering a Princess southbound Gulf of Alaska cruise (Whittier to Vancouver) in a balcony cabin.

For viewing purposes, would we be better off with a cabin on the port or starboard side?

Thanks.

Lou
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old October 3rd, 2004, 11:33 PM
La Rae
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Balcony : Port or Starboard

Hi,
We were on our first cruise, to Alaska, on HAL, last month but it was up and back. We had a verandah room on the starboard side and I loved it because we saw a lot of the actual mainland. My recommendation would be to book a port side (since you're going south) because of that. Again, bear in mind that we were first-timers; perhaps someone with more experience has a better idea. In any case, have a great time!
La Rae
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old October 4th, 2004, 08:47 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 3,539
Default Re: Balcony : Port or Starboard

Ideally port, BUT be certain to get out on deck at some point, especially glacier viewing day- nothing beats the full front views.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old October 4th, 2004, 12:09 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 103
Default Re: Re: Balcony : Port or Starboard

For clarification, ideal is:

Northbound - starboard
Southbound - port
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old October 4th, 2004, 06:04 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 110
Default Re: Balcony : Port or Starboard

Tks jeff ( jrask ) at least this time i'm on the right post lol
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old October 29th, 2004, 10:50 AM
Howard & Cindy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Balcony : Port or Starboard

We were northbound and had a starboard cabin, but I'm not really sure if there is really much of a difference. Most of the time there was no real difference between the 2 sides of the ship and when we went through Glacier Bay, the Captain made sure that both sides of the ship saw everything equally well. Anywhere your cabin is, an Alaskan cruise is fabulous.


Howard

Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old November 7th, 2004, 09:45 PM
Mark&Deb
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Balcony : Port or Starboard

What about Aft? So many people on cruises like the aft - what does anyone think about the aft balconies?

Mark&Deb
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old November 8th, 2004, 04:57 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 3,539
Default Re: Balcony : Port or Starboard

Aft gets raves but it is poor for marine wildlife viewing- for that you want the animals coming toward you and continued tracking ability. They are quickly gone viewing aft. I can't stress enough- get out of your cabin at least part of glacier viewing day- the brief views from the turns is only a small fraction of what is possible. AND my 9-03 sailing in Glacier Bay - starboard side had NO VIEWS of Grand Pacific or Margerie. The ship just made a starboard turn and LEFT, no 360+180.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old November 9th, 2004, 04:41 PM
Ford_Racing_Ron
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Balcony : Port or Starboard

Must be a Captains choice or something,,on our 8-04 sailing,,the port had no view of the Margerie or the grand Pacific,,and I know because my balcony was on the port side. I whole hartedly agree with Karen16,,,get out of the cabin,,easier to track anything plus you get to really feel the COLD,,really quite invigerating and makes hot coffee and chocolate oh so much better!!!!

Ron
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old November 24th, 2004, 01:09 AM
Denise Blackmore, ACC
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Balcony : Port or Starboard

Dear Lou,

Most people assume that when you cruise Northbound you should be on the right side and when you cruise Southbound you should be on left side. The fact of the matter is, the majority of the cruise its traveling in the Inside Passage, between fjords and islands and so land is on both sides of the ship.

My best suggestion is to get up early the morning you sail into Vancouver. Traveling under the Lion's Gate Bridge, seeing Stanley Park and the six sails of Canada Place with the sun rising in the background is beautiful! Take a from a local.

Denise Blackmore, ACC
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old November 30th, 2004, 09:48 PM
judycanuck
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Balcony : Port or Starboard

Definitely port side. We did this a year ago and all the whales, wildlife etc were on our side (apparently they like been near shore) The balcony was wonderful! When we cruised glacier Bay, Princess offered a special champagne brunch. we sat out on our balcony, turned on the tv and listened to the naturalist . Didn't miss a thing!
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old December 1st, 2004, 02:31 PM
James North
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Balcony : Port or Starboard

Our TA highly recommended a balcony for our first cruise ever. She said the balcony is not worth it in the Caribbean, but essential in Alaska. Ours was starboard midship. We spent little time in our cabin, but checked the view just before going to bed and first thing in the morning. The cabin paid for itself in Tracy Arm. After two hours in heavy drizzle on deck, our water resistant togs were wet. We went to our cabin to dry off and discovered our balcony was dry even though the rain was getting heavier. We and our buddies spent the rest of the time in Tracy Arm on the balcony with the naturalist's commentary coming through the TV. Of course, Tracy Arm is a turn around route so we saw both sides of the Arm.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
alaska, alaskan, cabin, cruise, etc, glaciers, northbound, port, side, southbound, starboard, starbord, vancouver, viewing, whittier

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Port or Starboard? rjburd Carnival Cruise Lines 5 February 23rd, 2008 02:17 PM
Port or Starboard gmann Alaska 5 June 10th, 2006 07:47 AM
Port or Starboard CJL Royal Caribbean International 9 June 22nd, 2005 05:59 AM
Port or Starboard stevedaley Carnival Cruise Lines 3 November 3rd, 2004 07:26 AM
port or starboard balcony on Spirit Sterling Silver Carnival Cruise Lines 0 February 3rd, 2003 02:41 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:56 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1