In the past, we've typically booked either an ocean view or balcony cabin. We tried an inside cabin once and didn't like it. We like to be able to see outside when we're in our room. And, since I'm a smoker, unless the cruise lines change their policies about not smoking in the cabins, we'll always be booking a balcony cabin. Since we usually book our cruise and choose our cabin early, (as much as 12 months in advance), the odds of getting a "terrible" balcony cabin are nil.