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Maybe to save money consider a inside with french doors and try to book early enough you can pick one that peeks between muster boats.
Check prices. Our HAL cruises were cheaper than the Carnival cruises.
Looking at going on an Alaskan Cruise. We are trying to save some $ so is it worth spending the extra $ to book a balcony our thoughts are we would like to be up on deck so we can see the views from both sides of the ship. Any thoughts?When I did my Alaska cruise all I had was an OV, next time a balcony for sure.
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CCL Legend - November 2006
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CCL Valor - November 2005
CCL Victory - May 2005
CCL Paradise - June 2003
If your itinerary goes to Glacier Bay you WANT to be up on deck. The jaw dropping views are all around you and you would miss quite a bit by just sitting on a balcony.
We had a balcony and I'm very glad we did. As mentioned before, the scenery viewing is continuous and it was nice to just step out as needed.
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Im looking at a 4K myself, because people tell me the ice bergs calf and you can hear them during the night when you would not be up onboard.You're never at a glacier in the middle of the night. They are not just "on the way" of a sailing. IF that's the only reason for a balcony you don't need one
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Crown Princess - Alaska - July 25, 2015 - Splurged on a balcony!
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Looking at going on an Alaskan Cruise. We are trying to save some $ so is it worth spending the extra $ to book a balcony our thoughts are we would like to be up on deck so we can see the views from both sides of the ship. Any thoughts?There are so many variables on an Alaska Cruise that there is no one "right answer". We will be taking our tenth cruise to Alaska this summer and will be in an OV. We sailed once in an inside and once with a balcony. The balcony was amazing, but mainly because it was a covered aft balcony and was quite comfortable to use everyday. (Plus we were offered an upsell to the balcony for only $200.) On the other hand, we have had friends who booked a balcony and were not able to use it because it rained the entire week.
For us, unless we get a real "deal" we choose an OV and spend lots of time on the decks. (That way we can afford to cruise to Alaska more often.) You can find out ahead of time the best viewing areas on your ship (via these forums) and then take full advantage of them.
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I'm a balcony snob and because of it, I can't cruise as often as I would like (I can truly blame it on our first travel agent who booked us in a balcony for our very first cruise!). I can't imagine not being able to just sit out there and watch the world go by. BUT - if it would mean I would have to scrimp on excursions in Alaska, I'd get an inside. The excursions are really where you want to spend your money. You can do some things cheaply, but there are some things you may want to do that will cost a pretty penny (but they will be so worth it!).
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I have often walked the long hallways of the ship and noticed the inside cabins, and thought to myself, "I'd go absolutely nuts in that cabin". Just depends on the person in question. There are heavy black-out drapes on the windows, I sure never noticed not being able to sleep because of daylight outside.
Each person has to do what is right for them.
My brother was in an inside cabin with his wife on our Alaskan cruise last month. They also have said next time they'll get a balcony. They spent quite a bit of time on our balcony.
It's worth it to us for the ability to walk out and see the sights from our cabin without having to go up on deck with other passengers. Also nice to just sit and relax and watch the world go by.
We like to take great excursions, so since we can't afford both, we take the cheaper cabin, but don't skimp on excursions. To us, that is what Alaska is about....getting out of the ports and seeing the wilderness of Alaska.
Now, if I won the lottery, I would be booking that balcony.
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No, you will not be sailing past the glacier at night.
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2008-Carnival Splendor 8-day Inaugural Genoa to Dover
2008-Carnival Splendor 12-day Baltic
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Last year was an indoor on Celebrity Millenium. It was okay and obviously cheaper.
This year I'm splurging for a Balcony on the Oosterdam. Really looking forward to seeing if the price difference is worth it. I'm afraid it will be and I'll be hooked forever.