My husband and I are cruising on the Explorer in early September, and had initially decided to go with a Promenade room. We weren't sure if spending the extra money on a Balcony room would be worth it, since neither of us have been on a cruise previously.
However, after thinking about it, we realized that having a balcony would most likely be an enhancement to our vacation experience. For a few hundred dollars more we realized that we would be able to have an even better experience on our cruise.
So we did it, and changed our booking.
Now I am really looking forward to watching the sunrise (while enjoying a nice cup of coffee), and then watching the sunset (while enjoying a nice glass of wine) with my husband.