Why a Balcony on an Alaska Cruise is Worth the Extra Money

Bridge leaving Vancouver

Balcony View Leaving Vancouver

View on way to Seattle from Ketchikan

Balcony View of Alaska Coast

View of seaplane landing in Ketchikan from our balcony

Watching a Seaplane Land in Ketchikan

Jen enjoying the balcony leaving Juneau

Jen Enjoying the Balcony!

On a recent cruise to Alaska on Princess Cruise Line, I learned why all the travel experts I’ve worked with suggest to splurge on a balcony cabin when taking in North America’s frontier. There’s nothing like being able to walk out on a balcony and take in breathtaking scenery at any time of day or night.

It is light in Alaska for so many hours (approximately 15-19 hours depending on when you visit), even if you don’t spend a lot of time in your cabin, you will reap the benefits of a balcony. The longest daylight hours in Alaska is on or around June 21st every year. At this time of year, the sun generally rises around 4:20am! I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely not up and ready to go out on deck in order to capture an amazing sunrise over the Alaska coast.

The latest sunset in Alaska also occurs around June 21st and generally happens at 11:42pm. How wonderful to sit out on your balcony and drink a nightcap, capture a photo and get ready for bed- all in the privacy of your quiet suite.

Whether it is watching the sunrise and then crawling back into bed, savoring your room service breakfast or a cup of coffee before you get ready to see the public, reading a book or enjoying a good card game- you will never regret the little extra spent to upgrade to a balcony.

In your pajamas? Not a problem! No make-up? No one can see you. Bundled in a blanket? Enjoy.

So grab your camera and make sure your reservation to Alaska is for a balcony. Your memories of looking out onto pristine scenery, quaint villages and glaciers are worth every penny.

Jennifer McGuigan for Carefree Vacations

Interested in learning more about traveling to Alaska? Check out our dedicated website or contact an Alaska travel specialist at 1.800.CONFIRM (266.3476). Request a quote and you’ll be on your way to having an amazing vacation with priceless advice to ensure you have a Carefree vacation. Browse Alaska Cruises, Cruisetours (the best by land and sea) or trips by land.

While a great camera like a Canon EOS would be perfect for a trip to Alaska, your pocket digital camera will still bring home breathtaking photos to compliment your memories. The photos I took were with my Canon PowerShoot, an inexpensive digital camera that fits perfectly in my purse or pocket.


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