I am close to booking an inside passage 7 day cruise to Alaska (HAL Zaandam or RCCL Radiance of the Sea). This is my first cruise to Alaska and only my second time cruising. Having a nice cabin with a balcony is a very high priority. I think we would spend a lot of time on the balcony. Does anyone have advise about selecting the cabin.
Which side of the ship should I select ? And what are the pros or cons of selecting a forward cabin ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Re: Selecting a Cabin
For an inside passage cruise, side of ship is not as important as location on ship. If you are prone to motion sickness, choose a cabing mid ships and the lower the deck the better. If motion is not a factor, then take on of the aft balcony cabins by all means!
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You may want to look very closely at the map of the ship. Certain cabins have larger decks. If you are lucky (or skillful) you can end up with a deck much larger than your next door neighbor in the same category. This fact is true in many cases on the Radiance. H.A.L. usually has deep balconies, especially on the suite cabins.
I use Cruisestateroom.com and Travelocity because they bith have good maps of the ship. You don't need to purchase from Travelocity to use the ship maps. Also sometimes the ship maps don't show the exact proportions. As an example the farthest aft mini suites on the Grand, Golden, and Star Princess ships have balconies much larger that the cabins next door, eventhough that fact is not visible on the maps.
Mid ship has a bit less motion if you are prone to seasickness at all. Rear facing cabins are kewl but many ships don't have them because the rear spaces are used for common areas, pools, etc. Have fun in your search.
I booked an outside cabin w/o verandah on an Alaskan cruise last year. I didn't regret my choice because I wound up spending all my time on deck or in the public rooms with large observation windows. People who did have verandah's claimed it was too windy and cool [this was in September]. My stateroom was somewhat forward, but I didn't find motion to be a problem for the Inside Passage. Whether you are located on the starboard or port side could be a factor, depending on the route you follow. My roundtrip from San Francisco sailed along the coast [starboard side] heading north and the open sea heading back. You might try posting this question on the Alaska forum for more feedback.