Had to give my two cents worth on the subject of balconies. On our first cruise we just had a widow, and being a "smoker" and my wife not it was tough for her. The last two cruise we had a balcony and loved it, wouldn't go back. I can smoke out there and not bother my wife. Plus I love sitting out there first thing in the morning and late at night. It is definitly worth the money. Plus the views are great. Also we have only done Caribbean cruises.