Does the ship not have any regular balcony cabins left? If so just upgrade and then tell your friends that the can upgrade for what ever it costs I personally think that it is more than worth it to pay the extra money we love having breakfast out on our balcony, cocktails in the evenings and just stepping outside when ever you feel like it and for those that say they are never in there room, well they never had a balcony because it is so much nicer having a lot of privacy. Hope this helps. And yes I have seen the two room suites they are just like a regular cabin and the inside is not nice like a suite but just a larger room. Hope this helps.