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Old March 31st, 2007, 05:51 PM
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Default Alaska Southbound-starboard or port?

Hi,
Cruising from Seward to Vancouver, I know you won't see
as much coastline if you're on starboard, but is that a big
mistake to book that side of the ship? Do you really miss alot of
seeing Alaska? I'm on the SUMMIT
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Old April 1st, 2007, 01:13 AM
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Default Re: Alaska Southbound-starboard or port?

sundiego,

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Hi,
Cruising from Seward to Vancouver, I know you won't see
as much coastline if you're on starboard, but is that a big
mistake to book that side of the ship? Do you really miss alot of
seeing Alaska? I'm on the SUMMIT
Thanks
Fundamentally, the answer depends upon whether you intend to hang out in your cabin most of the cruise or be out and about the ship, using the cabin primarily as a place to sleep, shower, change clothes, and stow your belongings. For those of us who do the latter, the location of our cabins -- and even the type of cabin (i. e. inside, outside, balcony, or suite) does not really matter. For folks who hang out in their cabins, missing out on all of the "action" happening throughout the ship, OTOH, these factors are everything.

Anyway, the ship has plenty of open rails, both topside and on the promenades, and plenty of lounges with huge windows that are ideal for viewing Alaskan scenery.

Norm.
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Old April 1st, 2007, 01:46 AM
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Good evening,

All in all, not a lot of time is spent hugging the Alaskan Coast in day time during your sailing. On the 1st full day at sea, you're '' at sea '' heading towrads Yucatan Bay and onward to Hubbard Glacier, afternoon. Once in the bay, viewlines are equally astounding port & starboard. On the three por days, you enter channels early a.m. and, again, the approach to various ports offer viewing from both sides of the ship, and you spend most of the daytime in port.The last day before Vancouver is spend in the BC inside passage, tremendous views whichever side you're on.
As Norm pointed out, you're very likely to be either in the lounge, deck #11 or outside on many of the various decks to see stuff.
IOW: it really does not matter which side your stateroom is.
The approach to Vancouver is actually better enjoyed starboard, if you're up around 6.00-ish. As regards the saiaway from Seward, whichever side you're on, it's fabulous.

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We were on the Summit to Alaska in Aug. '03. Our friends actually changed cabins before the cruise to get the "better" view. But we were the ones who saw the Orcas from our side.
We don't hang out in our cabin much and they had a balcony. We spent a lot of time in the public viewing areas and saw a lot. As for the last day going through the rest of the Inner Passage, all you'll see of the coastline is TREES! You willl not be that close to them and will have plenty of ocean on either side.
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