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1st time cruise, how do you choose a room with a GOOD view?

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My husband and I are going on our first cruise, to Alaska. I am recovering from knee fracture and surgery fairly fast, but our usual anniversary week plans needed to change. We are very lucky to live in Seattle, and the Celebrity Solstice is departing to Alaska, the evening our vacation starts, so excitedly started to book our new vacation, but found out that choosing a window or balcony is not as easy as it looks.

We think a good view from our room is priority, as I may not be wanting to get out on excursions much. I would be eligible for a handicap room but would not need it, as I am using a cane now, just not able to walk for very long.

Do all balconies, (and I assume verandah = balcony) have a good view? Or are some obstructed?
How "obstructed" are partially obstructed view rooms?
Do you think it is important that we try to get a starboard room, as we will be going both north and south on the cruise ship? And if so, how do we ask for a starboard room?
Do deck levels matter much?

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