As one mom to another - here's my opinion. My family had a balcony room last spring on voyager. Loved the room!! It wasn't until we got home when I found out that my 12 year old daughter told me she was sitting on the rails of the balcony! Then I heard that when my son (14) was hanging out with friends he had made on the ship, they were getting a little dangerous with the rails. It all comes down to - the ship is safe if you trust your children. I plan to give mine a long speech before this years trip.