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Juyemura
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June 1st, 2012 at 1:45:22 PM permalink
I need some advice. My wife and I are planning to take a cruise to Alaska in July, where we will travel from Vancouver to Whittier (near Anchorage). We have taken an Alaskan cruise in May of 2008, though we did not go as far north (Seatle to Seatle - round trip). We did get a balcony cabin last time, but since it was so cold in early May, did not really take advantage of sitting outside.

We have a choice of getting an inside cabin (absolutely no view) or a balcony cabin. The price difference between the two options is $1,200 total.

While we could afford either, $1,200 is a good amount of money. This could be used for several fun shore trips that my wife and I would both enjoy. Perhaps even a couple of nice dinners. We tend to do things around the ship, but might take advantage of sitting outside our balcony now that the weather is nicer during this time of the year.

Has anyone gotten an inside cabin before? How was your experience? Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.
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EvenBob
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June 1st, 2012 at 1:49:56 PM permalink
I mean really, is sitting outside for a little while every day worth
$1200? Buy a picture of AK mountains and look at it once in awhile,
whats the difference. I used to live in Santa Barbara and had
a really great ocean view. I realized if I bought a picture of
the view I could look at it anywhere I lived, what the heck was
the difference. I moved.
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winmonkeyspit3
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June 1st, 2012 at 1:54:38 PM permalink
Go for the inside. I have been on 4 cruises, always in inside cabins. I consider them a much better value. Sure it is a nice luxury to have a balcony, but is it worth at least a $100 per day premium? I say no. There are plenty of areas on a cruise ship to take in the sights, and quite honestly a lot of time spent on a cruise is at sea or in port, there normally isn't too much scenic cruising. I have found in all 4 of my cruises that I hardly spent any time in the room as I was either on deck (poolside), at a bar/club, at the casino, in port, at a show/performance or walking the promenade. Take the 1,200 to do some fun things in port, I have heard that there are a lot of great excursions up that way. This is a gambling forum, so might I suggest taking an extra hundred or two for your bankroll on the ship? Best of luck, cruising is my favorite type of vacation!
dlevinelaw
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June 1st, 2012 at 1:55:36 PM permalink
How much is the premium for an ocean view?
Juyemura
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June 1st, 2012 at 2:12:48 PM permalink
Quote: winmonkeyspit3

This is a gambling forum, so might I suggest taking an extra hundred or two for your bankroll on the ship??


This is the best advice yet!
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WongBo
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June 1st, 2012 at 2:19:14 PM permalink
Inside.
Only use the room for showering sleeping and privacy.
Rest of time, take in sights and activities.
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CrapsForever
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June 1st, 2012 at 2:36:00 PM permalink
Outside/Balcony

In my opinion, makes a huge difference!

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only1choice
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June 1st, 2012 at 2:38:18 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

I mean really, is sitting outside for a little while every day worth
$1200? Buy a picture of AK mountains and look at it once in awhile,
whats the difference. I used to live in Santa Barbara and had
a really great ocean view. I realized if I bought a picture of
the view I could look at it anywhere I lived, what the heck was
the difference. I moved.



Although I agree with you do you think this is a fair comparision?
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ddloml
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June 1st, 2012 at 2:54:19 PM permalink
The biggest reason to go on an Alaskan cruise is for the scenery. The public decks will be packed with passengers who don't have a view because they don't have a balcony. It's one cruise where the balcony is worth it.
SOOPOO
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June 1st, 2012 at 3:30:36 PM permalink
I've done that cruise. Had an inside cabin. Never regretted it. Me and my two sons would go on the top deck for 'scenery'. Very little time spent inside the cabin. There was never a crowd that interfered with good viewing.

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