We enjoy our balcony on a 7 day cruise, but in 2019 went on HAL 14 day ....we could have 14 days in an ocean view for same cost of 7 days with a balcony. We loved our 14 day adventure. The only time we were in our room was to sleep. The ocean view allowed us to see outside in the morning and evening...so we knew which way the ship was moving..lol! We spent days on deck or inside near a window, if we were at sea. I say get the most for your money! You are going to enjoy Alaska wherever you are looking from.