We are planning an escorted 7 day land tour with Alaska Tour & Travel from 7/18-24. Then plan to pick up the Sun Princess on 7/25 and head to Vancouver. There are no portside rooms w/ balconies available so we have one on the Aloha deck on the starboard side. Is this bad??? Surely, the sunsets would be nice and there should something to see on that side! Any suggestions?
Port would be better for southbound, but starboard balcony isn't anything to worry about. Glacier viewing will be on both sides ... although you'll probably want to spend much of this time on deck for the full view. The whale will always be on the side of the ship opposite your position. While in the Gulf, land will only be to the port. Once you hit the inside passage, land will be on both sides, so you'll be able to get nice views from your balcony.
Sometimes nice sunsets, but definately not the norm especially mid summer- tough to stay up that late. (I see way more sunrises) If the cost isn't significant then this is a good choice. But not at the expense of shore tours. I am a strong supporter of your glacier viewing days OUT ON DECK and not waiting for the glimpse of a side view. Far superior will be the full front. The Sun has a nice front deck so if you are near the front would be easy and fast to get to the front. I have sailed the Sun 3 times to Alaska, now it's considered one of the "smaller" ships.
We completed our grand tour of Alaska - 7 days land with Alaska Tour and Travel then connecting on the 7 day southbound Sun Princess (7/18/05) to one of our most favorite cities in the world - Vancouver! We were able to actually get one of the last port side cabins w/ balconies on the Aloha deck. Our friends who are traveling with us are on the starboard side. But, no matter, we will all likely be outside soaking in the scenery every day! Anyone else going on the Sun 7/18? I am looking forward to seeing what shore excursions will be offered. Elena