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Old August 9th, 2009, 10:35 AM
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My husband and I just booked our sailing on the Coral Princess to Alaska in September 2010 and we booked the cruisetour! We currently have an inside cabin and WOULD LOVE to have a balcony..only problem was, we found out that we could not afford to book a balcony.

Would anyone have any good recommendations on how we can go about trying to get a balcony at a very affordable price on Princess? When we priced it out, we were sad to learn that for a balcony, it would have been $1200.00 more, which we cannot afford.

We have spent the last three years saving for this Alaska trip and it would be our dream come true if we could get a balcony!

Also, which side of the ship would be the best with a balcony view? We are sailing Southbound through the Inside Passage.

All advice is greatly appreciated!
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Old August 9th, 2009, 01:17 PM
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Hi there, please allow us to offer some words about balconies which may help soften the blow. If you are used to a balcony, then, Yes it may be hard to take anything else, but if you are not used to them, then from our experiences (or bad luck), and comments from fellow passengers, when we have had a balcony or large picture window, the action always seemed to be taking place on the other side of the ship.

If you want the best balconies on the ship, then keep your hard earned money in your pockets, and head to the front of the ship, not up on deck, but to the fore of the decks just below the bridge (8, 9, and 10 I think). If you look at the picture on the link http://www.choosingcruising.co.uk/cr...=287&x=42&y=21 you will notice that these decks have wrap-round balconies, offering panoramic views of what is coming up. Which means that you get to see everything in time to get your cameras ready. Which is especially useful for sea life, as opposed to the balcony, 'oh there it was'.

Hope this gives you some comfort & food for thought.

Rest assured, you will have an amazing time, no matter where you sleep at night.

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My husband and I just booked our sailing on the Coral Princess to Alaska in September 2010 and we booked the cruisetour! We currently have an inside cabin and WOULD LOVE to have a balcony..only problem was, we found out that we could not afford to book a balcony.

Would anyone have any good recommendations on how we can go about trying to get a balcony at a very affordable price on Princess? When we priced it out, we were sad to learn that for a balcony, it would have been $1200.00 more, which we cannot afford.

We have spent the last three years saving for this Alaska trip and it would be our dream come true if we could get a balcony!

Also, which side of the ship would be the best with a balcony view? We are sailing Southbound through the Inside Passage.

All advice is greatly appreciated!
One thing to keep in mind is to watch the cruise prices. Booking that far out there is a good chance that the prices will go down. Even if you booked through a Travel Agent, in the end, you are responsible to watch prices and call if you see a price drop from what you have paid for your cruise.

If you do get a balcony the best side is the Port or left side of the ship. As you enter College Fjord and Glacier Bay, both of which are long inlets, most of the glaciers are on the port side of the ship and most of the narration from the park ranger seems to take place on the way in as opposed to on the way out. However you will see the same things on the way back out of the inlets from the starboard side.

We have been to Alaska and toured on our own about ten times, I can say that there can be a significant savings in renting a car and doing your own land tour. That may be one option to reduce the over all cost and allow you to get into a balcony. Getting around in Alaska is ver easy, but be aware that sometimes the distances from point A to point B can be substantial.

As another poster stated, you will have a fantastic time in Alaska no matter what kind of a cabin you are in.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Hope some of this helps.

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going from an inside cabin to a balcony is a huge step, you might want to consider something inbetween like an outside or an outside with a partially obstructed view, that way you would at least have a window
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Have you asked your travel agent to see what the price is on a guarantee balcony catagory. That will usually save you a few bucks. You don't get to pick your exact cabin, but you'd be guaranteed a balcony cabin somewhere on the ship. As long as you aren't specific, it works and I will book that way.
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You might be the kind of passenger H.A.L. is catering to with the new "Lanai" staterooms which are rehabbed outside cabins. The windows are changed to sliding glass doors that open out to the promenade deck.
Thus you don't pay for a balcony but have the entire promenade deck right outside your door. You even get two reserved deck chairs on your slider entrance.

Check out the new maps of the Veendam, which is one of the first ships to be rehabbed in drydock recently.
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We have been in the same situation as you, and booked a lower category than what we really wanted in order to save money. On one of our cruises, however, we upgraded ourselves form an inside to a balcony cabin when the prices went down. So watch the prices regularly, and you may be fortunate enough to nab one.
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If you want a balcony , you will have reserve one.
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ONE way is to contact Princess directly and tell them if it's possible you would like a balcony..or worse come to worse a cabin with a window..Once you are in a balcony cabin... you will never want to take another type.
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Lots of good advice here...I would do as Donna suggests and ask for a "gauranteed veranda" or a "gauranteed ocean view". At least try to get a window...

One of the two times we've not had a veranda was on our Alaska cruise, and you know...a big ocean view window was just fine - as it was so bloody cold (and it was in July!!). I would spring for a veranda on a warmer cruise...save up for that.

Do try a gauranteed room, and yes, the prices are likely to come down since you booked so far out in advance.

I would look at discount cruise sites too...you never know.
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