Well I sure can see the value in booking a balcony in that situation. You can stay in your room and avoid the rioting village idiots and get a little fresh breeze as you bobbed around in the ocean like a cork. One thing I always take on a cruise with me is a flashlight. This is a good example why. It's too bad people were fighting, what a futile and unproductive thing to do in this situation.
I read a post from a man who was on this cruise, and I was so impressed by his positive attitude. I am really glad that NCL compensated these people and got them back to the home port safe and sound.