Posted April 27th, 2014, 04:07 PM
As others have said, when we did the full transit on the Island Princess we were moved from bow to stern, upper decks to water level to get the full experience. We had one of the 700 series balcony cabins and as another poster mentioned above, we were very close to a rear viewing deck where we spent some of our time, but at dawn we were on the front of the upper decks to see the approach to the locks and stayed there through the first series. The mid-day heat did drive us into the air conditioning, but we popped in and out all day.
We loved having the balcony when sailing into ports in the early morning, or as a quiet place to read in the fresh air on sea days, enjoy a pre-dinner glass of wine, or a nightcap later on. We are looking into a longer repositioning cruise that includes the canal for 2015 and are looking to do a balcony again.
Another factor is whether you are travelling with others or not. We tend to spend more time in our cabin when we travel by ourselves, but with friends, we often are meeting up around the ship.
There will be some who argue both ways. Consider how you like to travel!
March 2019 - Western Caribbean from New Orleans (NCL Breakaway)
July 2016 - Alaska Great Land Explorer (HAL Maasdam)
April 2015 - Panama Canal Westbound Repositioning (HAL Westerdam)
July 2013 - Alaska Inside Passage 30th Anniversary Cruise (HAL Zuiderdam)
Dec. 2012 - Mexican Riviera New Year's Cruise (HAL Zaandam)
March 2010 - Panama Canal - Full Transit (Island Princess)
July 2008 - Classical Europe (Royal Princess)
Aug 2004 - Alaska Cruisetour (HAL Ryndam)
Feb 1994 - Eastern Caribbean (Regal Princess)
May 1992 - Alaska (Regal Princess)