Balconies are definately worth the extra money, in our opinion. You have privacy to sit down and enjoy the many vistas both at sea and in ports. You can relax in a chair with a good book and a beautiful view when you look up. I remember when our ship left Cozumel at night. What a beautiful sight from our balcony, with the lights on the island and the water. The one dowside is you get spoiled.