I saw Norm's statement that on the inside passage cruis, either side is great. What about the Gulf of Alaska cruise? Our travel agent booked us for starboard. Do I need to change it?
I doubt that it matters. When the ship goes into a fjord, it also has to go out of the fjord, so both sides will see substantially the same scenery. When the ship is crossing the gulf, it probably will go into international waters (at least twelve miles from land) so the casinos can operate. When you are that far from land, whales or whatever else there might be to see can be on either side of the vessel.
The other reality is that most of us don't go on cruises to hang out in our cabins. Since there are plenty of public areas with views on both sides of the vessel, it really does not matter where one's cabin is -- so long as it's aboard the vessel, that is....
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Re: Port or starboard for Gulf of Alaska cruise
It all depends on whether you are going northbound or southbound. If you are going northbound, the starboard side would have the view of the land, and on southbound, the port side would have the land views. But, as Norm states above, when in Glacier Bay and College Fjord either side is good.
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Re: Re: Port or starboard for Gulf of Alaska cruise
If you are going northbound, the starboard side would have the view of the land, and on southbound, the port side would have the land views.
That's true, but only if you're close enough to land to see it. When I went down the Mexican Riviera, the land was so far away that you could not see much -- just a hazy blue-green streak between water and sky at the horizon most of the way. I suspect that the same would be true when crossing the Gulf of Alaska.