We liked the longer balcony. It actually had a lounge chair in addition to the straight chairs. There was no additional depth so still had to do some shuffling. You would be able to host your parents and have a seat for everybody.
A Bad Day At Sea [with power] Always Beats A Good Day At Work
Alaska 2014 - haven't picked a cruise yet
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, Caribbean 2013