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Hello, as of right now we do not have a balcony (though we have a bid on one).  So, what is the best area for glacier viewing specifically on the JOY.  I've read the observation deck is great but can get crowded.  Is there a good spot outside if weather permits?  I heard that it is great to hear the glaciers breaking off etc. 


Thanks in advance!

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Anywhere on Deck 8 along the Waterfront would be good.  The decks above the pool deck would be good too.


Depending on the ship and Her Captain, part of the bow area which is usually off limits to passengers is open for viewing.



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Provided on another thread by recent cruiser:


"Best inside viewing area would be the observation lounge (deck 15, forward, crowded). But to really experience it go outside. There were several calvings while we were there and they are thunderous! It was cold and rainy, but worth it.


Best outside viewing is on deck 6 all the way forward (enter the long hallway near District Brewhouse toward the bow of the ship) or, as we did, go to deck 8 all the way forward. Here you can get great views from the railing on both sides of the ship. The captain does a great job of pivoting the ship back and forth so both sides of the ship get good views. The crew also setup Irish Coffee stations for us on deck 8." 🙂 


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The observation lounge got pretty packed. The buffet is directly on top of the observation lounge in the front of the ship and also has large windows.  Saw lots of people camped out at tables in the buffet during Glacier Bay day.

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