I'm a balcony convert. Now I save and do not wish to sail without one. Especially early morning. I put some cereal and milk in the frig and have breakfast watching the sunrise, etc. Also, you can see the approaching islands. Spectacular. Not to mention the stars in the evening. We have a thunder/lightening storm on our last voyage. Shut off all the lights, opened the curtains. Was a great show. I enjoy mingling but also enjoy some quiet time on my very own balcony. Also, with the curtains open you would be surprised how much bigger your room appears and your whole room seems airy and full of light.