Henry, maybe you can get a cabin with portholes. They are usually very close in price to an inside but do allow some light in. These have been our cabin of choice lately instead of an inside. I do not like to spend a lot of time in the cabin during the day or early evening and I found that because of my fear of falling I do not like to be on a balcony on a sea day.
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