You see Annie, the clue is in the statement "at night" so I made a little joke about it being "formal" do you see? You shouldn't be so sentitive about these things!
Sorry, don't understand anyone preferring an inside cabin, except perhaps those with toddlers who want to keep then under control. The cost of an outside is minimal on modern ships & a balcony just a little more, older ship do charge a lot more though.
We have always said we would rather not go than have anything less than an outside....but I suppose if a really good deal came up we would have to think about it..it would have to be a really good price for somewhere we wanted to go.