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Old 03-26-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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Questions for those who have sailed DCL to Alaska

Did you book a window or balcony room?

If you booked a window, did you wish you had the balcony?

If you booked the balcony, did you find yourself using it a lot or not that much? Would you have saved the money and gone window?

In either case, did you find yourself out of the room a lot doing stuff around the ship or off on excursions/exploring ports?

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Old 03-26-2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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We booked an inside room, and were lucky to get upgraded to a porthole room. The window was nice to have, but when I checked the price difference I wouldn't have paid the $700-$800 just the have the window.

The price difference was almost double to go from an inside room to a balcony... for us we'd rather take 2 cruises in an inside room vs. 1 with a balcony.

Tray Arm day we spend most of the day on deck 4. It was cold/misty, and you could stand on deck 4 and get a great view, while still being covered overhead.

That said, I'm sure the replies from those that booked a balcony will say it was worth the money to them, and those who booked a cheaper room will say they were glad they saved the money.

(We were on the Wonder in May 2012, and just booked Alaska again for August 2014 in an inside room).
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:09 AM   #3
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Another inside room here! Always book an inside to save money for the goodies!!! Besides the price of excursions was not cheap. I watched our progress to Tracy Arms on Deck 4 (more to shield my mother from the wind/cold). If I do another one I will be sure to be up on the top decks to get the full 360 view!! It was amazing seeing the view on one side, can only imagine how spectacular it was seeing the mountains on both sides at the same time!!

Loved Alaska!!
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:44 AM   #4
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DW and I had a large porthole. And to answer your one question, yes we found ourselves out of the room a lot. We didn't want to miss any of the marine life.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:45 AM   #5
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Didn't take DCL (was on HAL), but we did book a balcony. It was nice to have. We used it for some part of every day, but it was way to cold to sit out there and read for hours or anything like that. It was nice to have the big sliding door to watch the scenery, and then be able to quickly jump outside if anything was particularly interesting. But we did miss some stuff that was on the other side of the boat, and went up on deck for the big scenic stuff.

For me, I'd probably pay a 20% premium or so to get a balcony over an ocean view, but everyone's cost/value balance is a bit different. Looking at the pricing for the DCL Alaska cruises, my family would probably end up without a verandah...the premium is pretty high.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:51 AM   #6
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We booked a balcony room on our DCL Wonder cruise to Alaska and were very, very happy that we did. It was great to be able to go out there at a moment's notice to take photos of the lovely scenery and waterfalls we were passing by.

We brought my DM with us -- she had been to Alaska twice with Princess with no balcony, and she thought we didn't need one. I have to say that she loved the balcony and now says she wouldn't want to go back without one.

If we ever go back, we know we want a balcony.

It's really just a matter of opinion, though. The excursions in Alaska are very expensive, so if you have to choose between doing something you really want to do and a balcony then it's a different story altogether...
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:05 PM   #7
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I have done Alaska 2 times and the 3rd coming up. The other 2 were on RCI. I had an inside outside and an outside in July. For me to go from deck 2 outside to a deck 5 outside was over $500 and balcony was $1500. That is another cruise.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:10 PM   #8
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I booked 2 connecting port hole rooms. A month before we left I regretted not getting a balcony but it was too late. We did spend most of our time on excursions or around the ship but I still think a balcony would have been nice. I think that DH (on his first cruise) would def. have enjoyed. He likes his privacy while I like to socialize.

We did spend a good amount of time on Deck 4 which was great. We did Salmon fishing in Ketchican, Whale watching is Juneau and jeep riding in Skagway. Was a great trip!
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:19 PM   #9
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We had a verandah and LOVED it! On our day at Endicott Arm (Tracy Arm was still unpassable on our cruise), we would enjoy having the warmth of our stateroom right there and were in and out all afternoon. Although I will admit that I took some time and went down to deck four on the other side of the ship to watch some!
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:20 PM   #10
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Baloncy here but we do it on DVC points so it is not as painful
But we did spend most of the time at Tracey Am on our Baloncy with hot chocalte from upper decks
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:28 PM   #11
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We sailed in an Oceanview (window) and loved it! It would have cost $2,000more to get a verandah and we just weren't in the cabin that much. We spent plenty of time on Decks 9 and 10 and had amazing views on all sides of the ship. I'd sail an Oceanview again in a minute to save that kind of money. It didn't lessen our enjoyment of the beautiful Alaska scenery at all!
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:29 PM   #12
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We had a large porthole room on Deck 2 when we cruised on the Wonder in September 2011. Spent most of the Tracy Arm day on deck - tho still had great views on the way out from our room. Also spent much of the At Sea days on deck (often on the aft decks) as well. We didn't feel we were missing out on anything - besides, it was too chilly out to lounge on a balcony in our PJ's in the morning or evening!

We decided spending the $$ on excursions versus a balcony was a good choice for us. For our upcoming Panama Canal repo cruise, we booked an inside room to save $$ & assuming we'd spend lots of time on deck. However, when the VGT rates came out, we rebooked to upgrade & still saved bunches of cash!

So - we may have a different opinion regarding a balcony after the next trip!
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:50 PM   #13
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We had an ocean view June 2011. We didn't miss a veranda. We spent very little time in the cabin.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:10 PM   #14
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We had the one porthole and we spend very little time in the cabin, so it was fine. Deck 2 and we could still see lots of stuff out of the window.

There are many places on the ship that you can be enjoying the views. In our case, our money was better spent on excursions than on a balcony.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:16 PM   #15
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Another inside room. We spent time on deck 4 and 9/10 when we wanted photographs! Tracy arm was cold and crowded on deck 9/10 but you could "camp out" a spot and it wasn't too hard to squeeze in.

We spent the difference on excursions and booking another cruise.
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