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Old 02-21-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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Former Alaska Cruisers - Veranda Question?

We loved our veranda room on our Eastern Caribbean, but I am wondering if you use it much on the Alaska cruise as it is much colder. We are thinking a porthole room would be better, and would save money to spend on excursions.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:03 PM   #2
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Yes wr spent alot of time out there. Especially the Tracy arm day.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:07 PM   #3
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I also chose the window over the verandah so I'd have more money for excursions. It was a good choice. There are many places on the ship that you can sit inside (where it is warm) and have a great view. Also, all the outdoor action on Tracy Arm day is outside on deck 4. We didn't regret not having a verandah at all.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:27 PM   #4
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Having the verandah made this most beautiful cruise even more wonderful.
I am not very tall so I found the upper decks crowded and more difficult to see from. After being denied rail space by a rather pushy passenger, I spent the rest of the Tracy Arm day in our room, on our verandah:




Although my son and I did go check out the view from "secret" deck 7, that was a great spot too, not crowded and amazing views.



It was fun to be able to run to your own deck to see when the captain would announce whale sightings.
And, at least for our cruise, it wasn't all that cold. Hooded sweatshirts was the most we wore.

If you can afford it, get the verandah!
But in any case, the Alaska cruise has been our favorite! Enjoy!
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:29 PM   #5
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We always sail with a verandah and we did use it a lot on the Alaskan cruise. We were on Deck 6. On Tracy Arm day, we spent some time up on Deck 10, but sometimes wanted to just be inside but not fully inside, so it was nice to have the verandah so we could open the door and watch. We could also hear the narration from the Guide who was onboard to do a talk because there wasn't all the outdoor music, etc. that muted it - we could turn on the TV and hear it that way so sitting on the verandah or inside we could still see what was happening. And the view was different being lower than being higher. And because it stays light so late, we had several nights where we would sit out with friends just visiting but enjoying the view with some privacy. And lots of hot chocolate It was nice on port days, too, to get to see what was happening around the area.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:36 PM   #6
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I loved having a balcony. Used it quite a bit especially on Tracy Arm day. The outside decks were packed with people so it was nice to have a private balcony that we could use.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:34 PM   #7
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I agree with others. Not only for spending time out there watching scenery, but also for just leaving it open for the fresh air. For all the times in the Caribbean it's too hot to leave the verandah door open or you let out all the AC, sometimes the heat in our cabin would come on full blast out of no where & clog my sinuses. I loved being able to keep the door open. We sailed in late Aug with highs around 60 & no rain!
We got a secret verandah (pay for a cat 7 navigator verandah, but actually get a cat 5 with clear plexiglass railing due to small piece of metal that cuts off an upper corner of the area. This is considered "obstructed view". There are only 4 on the ship: 6634, 6134, 7120 & 7620. We had 6634 and our teens/tweens across the hall in 6635.
fwiw, we would normally get a window for Caribbean cruises 75% of the time, but splurged a few times for the verandah. For Alaska it was an easy decision.
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Another Alaska verandah lover here! We loved being able to relax on the verandah - and run back in side for a quick warm up and comfy seats!
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:31 AM   #9
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Any thoughts on whether to choose port of starboard? Thanks.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:56 PM   #10
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I have booked verandas a few times and always enjoy it but don't spend enough time out there to warrant it.................until I went to Alaska. We were always out there, as well as top decks. Having your own veranda you can go out whenever you want. Having that option in my opinion on the Alaskan cruise is priceless. You never know when you are going to see wildlife (which was abundant). We would just sit out there in awe. Gorgeous scenery, you will love it.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:42 PM   #11
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It was a huge deal for us, because DS would never let us stand on the decks to watch the sights (like the several hour Tracy arm trip). He played inside, and we sat on the verandah, and we were all happy! A window could have worked, I guess, but we also went out there while he was sleeping, and I wouldn't have gotten great pictures through the glass. If we had a window, I probably would have spent more time in the decks (which I was avoiding)
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