We took an Alaskan cruise in May aboard the Oosterdam, which is a Holland America ship. The whole trip was fantastic. I would do it again in a minute. The ship was beautiful, the people wonderful, the food great and the itinerary fabulous. Our cabin did not have a balcony...because we were so busy doing other things outside of the cabin. The only thing I had to complain about was the rainy weather. It was very early in the season, so we couldn't do anything about that. The scenery was so spectacular, we hardly minded the weather. We saw lots of wildlife-whales, sea otters, bald eagles, many kinds of bears, and seals. I plan on taking another cruise with the same cruise line in the future. If you have a chance, go for it!