Reason number 8,028 to book a balcony stateroom: the early-morning view in Sitka, Alaska. It was 7 a.m., and my stateroom was immersed in darkness until I rose from my bed and stood in front of the curtains. I used both hands to draw them back for a view that caused me to audibly express my awe.
My snapshot, in fact, does little justice to the nuances of light on the islands and evergreens, the sounds of water lapping against the ship’s hull and fishing boats with motors humming in the distance — and even the cry of an eagle overhead.
There were seven other mornings similar to this one during our weeklong cruise to Alaska. Whether drawing back the curtains to walls of glaciers or to majestic snow-capped mountains, my balcony framed Alaska each day of my cruise.
A friend of mine calls her balcony, “a view with a room,” because unlike a hotel or resort, the view from a ship changes constantly.
I don’t know that there are really 8,028 reasons to book a balcony stateroom. I chose that number because it was my stateroom number, a Deluxe Veranda Outside, forward on Navigation Deck on Holland America Line’s Westerdam. So while I may not be able to come up with 8,027 other reasons, I can tell you this: All you need is one reason, and you’re looking at it.
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