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It has been some tome since we have cruised to Alaska.  We are doing a B2B in August on Millenium.  Are there binoculars in the cabins to use and, if so, are they any good?

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Can’t say which cabins are guaranteed to have binoculars but from our experience the provided are not good even in the top suites.

 

If you have OBC they usually have some in the camera shop for sale although type and supply may be limited...

 

We usually just take our own.

 

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8 minutes ago, crusin'k said:

It has been some tome since we have cruised to Alaska.  We are doing a B2B in August on Millenium.  Are there binoculars in the cabins to use and, if so, are they any good?

 

In my opinion, the binoculars are not of good quality.  I wished I had brought my own when we went to Alaska.

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We have always had binoculars in our room.   As for quality I would have to say that they are of poor quality and virtually useless.  

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Bring your own...esp for Alaska.  They do make  small lightweight ones that are quite powerful and clear.

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OP: certain categories of staterooms (including Concierge Class) have binoculars in the cabins.  But, as others have said, they are not very good.

 

We always travel with our own binoculars.  And I would suggest you do so for Alaska at the very least.

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Concierge cabins and above have the binoculars in the cabins. I find them of poor quality (only slightly better than an empty TP roll!😜) Especially in Alaska I'd recommend bringing your own.

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28 minutes ago, Luvcrusn said:

Concierge cabins and above have the binoculars in the cabins. I find them of poor quality (only slightly better than an empty TP roll!😜) Especially in Alaska I'd recommend bringing your own.

  

 

Someone once compared the quality of the in-stateroom binoculars to two empty TP rolls taped together.  Perhaps it was you?   Anyway, I remember I smiled when I read the post.

 

We generally book Aqua, Sky Suites and Celebrity Suites, and every pair we have encountered were worthless. Make sure you take your own.

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Perhaps it was. Either that or I read it, found it to be an accurate description and appropriated it. Either way, the best advice is BYO.

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Definitely bring your own binoculars for Alaska or anywhere else.  The ones they provide are good for keeping the door open a titch, though, in case you are afraid of being locked out on your balcony.😀

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Posted (edited)

My DH & I brought binoculars to our Alaska trip last year and we ended up not using them. We returned them so I don't remember the specs but it  was a decent pair. Nikon good ratings.

 

We saw better out of my husband's DSlR camera.

Edited by cruisingnewtoit

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17 hours ago, Northern Aurora said:

  

 

Someone once compared the quality of the in-stateroom binoculars to two empty TP rolls taped together.  Perhaps it was you?   Anyway, I remember I smiled when I read the post.

 

We generally book Aqua, Sky Suites and Celebrity Suites, and every pair we have encountered were worthless. Make sure you take your own.

I have found them to be of such poor quality that they are not even worth stealing! LOL

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20 hours ago, crusin'k said:

It has been some tome since we have cruised to Alaska.  We are doing a B2B in August on Millenium.  Are there binoculars in the cabins to use and, if so, are they any good?

 

Bring your own.

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17 hours ago, Northern Aurora said:

  

 

Someone once compared the quality of the in-stateroom binoculars to two empty TP rolls taped together.  Perhaps it was you?   Anyway, I remember I smiled when I read the post.

 

 

Actually I thought they were worse than that. You look at a ship on the Ocean and the vessel seems to appear further away! 

On a more serious note as you never know what you're going to see on the open water from your balcony I'd always recommend you buy the best quality pair you can afford or borrow some.

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Debated this before our family of 5 did land / sea trip to Alaska several years ago.  Ended up purchasing three pairs.  Came in real handy for whale watching and bus ride through Denali.  Really enhanced the experience.  Haven't used them much since but still feel purchase was worthwhile.

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1 hour ago, Mynki said:

Actually I thought they were worse than that. You look at a ship on the Ocean and the vessel seems to appear further away! 

 

You were looking into the wrong end and using them backwards.  😉

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8 minutes ago, ipeeinthepool said:

 

You were looking into the wrong end and using them backwards.  😉

I guess sarcasm doesn't always travel well over the Atlantic. 😉 

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