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4 minutes ago, Vacation Crazy said:

@lauraodonnell86   Thank you so much for the feedback and pics.  We have 9406 booked.   I looked into the aft balconies on a lower deck and they were triple occupancy.  A couple of questions.  I have read aft balconies can be very sunny.  It looks like deck 9 has very little overhang for shade??  Also, did you feel a lack of privacy with the upper decks looking down on you?   Thanks again!  Jane

Aft balconies on deck 9 are not fully private.  When standing at the railing people above you will see you, just as you can see people on the decks below you standing at their railings.  

Sun is relative to ship heading and time of day.  Some days may be more sunny, some less.  

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I managed to snag the corner aft balcony on Radiance (deck 8 ) for our alaska cruise in 2020 and couldn't be more excited.  A bit pricey but this is my 31 bucket list trip so I want to maximize it.  Funny thin is my son and his wife are traveling with us and are literally staying on the opposite end of the ship as they have the most forward portal room on the same deck!  Figure we can burn off dinner simply walking between the two cabins

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@Vacation Crazy, @twangster answered the questions exactly as I would have. They aren't private but we didn't feel like people were looking at us all of the time or anything. The sun just depends. A few times, it was very sunny but I like it that way! I think 9406 will be a bit more shaded due to the side walls. 9404 only has the wall on 1 side so the sun really came onto the balcony if it was positioned right. We had full sun mostly all day coming back from the ABCs on the final sea day. 

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48 minutes ago, markinct said:

We're considering an Alaska cruise on Radiance - would an aft balcony be a good choice for the views, or a mid ship cabin? 

Aft views are nice regardless of destination. 

The views leaving Hubbard Glacier from an aft balcony on Radiance can be spectacular.  

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3 hours ago, markinct said:

@twangster - that is an awesome picture! We're working with @michelle from MEI ... my wife and I had almost decided on a midship cabin, but now....  😉

Keep in mind... I sailed in an inside cabin on Radiance last year in Alaska.  This photo was taken from the Windjammer outdoor seating area on deck 11 aft.

Consider your overall cruise budget.  Alaska excursions tend to be more expensive compared to many destinations.  I chose to put money towards excursions and sailed inside cabin but made a point of not being in my cabin very much.  By taking advantage of public decks I enjoyed that cruise very much.

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On ‎2‎/‎3‎/‎2019 at 2:22 PM, twangster said:

Aft views are nice regardless of destination. 

The views leaving Hubbard Glacier from an aft balcony on Radiance can be spectacular.  

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love this picture - and i love aft balconies - I think they are some of the best cabins!  thanks for sharing

 

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We had 1688 in October 2018, and it was a great cabin. Very similar to Independence’s 1700. I had a scooter, so it was wonderful having space for it. As for the huge balcony, no complaints except, yes, I did hit my head on the beam outside. LOL

Hope these pics help. We did not have any loungers on our balcony, but didn’t ask about getting them. We were good with the table and chairs. 

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I have yet to be in an aft but logically cant reconcile the concept that aft rooms have  a more "limited" view!  quite the opposite should be true.  My balcony on Liberty is on one side of the ship.  I can only see what is out that side of the ship.  True, I can look a bit left and right but it is still the same basic view.  same holds true for the other side right?...so now let's talk aft....at the very worst it is like the sides, all I can see if out from my balcony and a bit left and right BUT I CAN see what is to both the right and left of the ship as well as straight behind it when leaving port.  seems like aft is ideal!  Hope I am right as I have the aft corner on Radiance in Alaska in 2020.

 

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