Which Side of the Ship Is Best on an Alaska Cruise?

By Michael Ferguson

Cruising is one of the best ways to explore Alaska’s breathtaking scenery and wildlife. But with so many choices, it can be difficult to decide which side of the ship is best for your Alaska cruise.

The main factor in deciding which side of the ship is best to view Alaska’s scenery is whether you are traveling northbound or southbound.

If you are traveling northbound, then the port (left) side of the ship will provide the best views, while if you are traveling southbound, then the starboard (right) side will provide better views.

If you are looking for wildlife viewing opportunities, then the starboard side is generally preferable since most wildlife will be visible on that side as you cruise along. This includes whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals and other marine life as well as eagles and other birds.

If you are more interested in seeing glaciers and other natural attractions of Alaska such as mountains or fjords then both sides of the ship can provide stunning views. However, if you want to get up close to a glacier, then again your cruise route will determine which side is best to view them from.

Finally, around towns and ports the port (left) side provides better views since most towns and ports are located on that side.


The best side of the ship to view Alaska’s scenery on an Alaskan cruise depends on whether you are traveling northbound or southbound as well as what type of views you’re looking for – whether it’s wildlife viewing opportunities or glaciers and other natural attractions. However in general, the port (left)side will provide better town and port views while the starboard (right)side provides better opportunities for viewing wildlife.