I think this is a question you need to ask yourself. First, it is a question of your life style and the level of comfort you enjoy. You ask here and in another board whether you should go from a balcony to an inside. Well... how about just a plain old OceanView as well? It isn't just a matter of the $$$, or the itinerary. I think that the light and the view and the fresh air from the balcony cannot be beat... ever... even on transatlantic... but, you see, that is a personal decision. It is something I believe you need to decide for yourself. And... yes, the New England and Canadian itineraries are a close second, if not a tie, with Alaska and the Norwegian Coast for places almost demanding a balcony!