One thing no one has mentioned about a balcony is cigarette smoke! If you are sensitive about second hand smoke, you might not want a balcony. We sprang for one for our 25th anniversary cruise last Feb and I swear there were smokers on all sides and above and below. It was awful. We loved the view but our dream of fresh air at night was ruined most evenings. Now we book an inside and spend the extra on doing fun things. Hope you have a good cruise.