Our first cruise is coming up next month and we booked a balcony. We did so becasue so many people have told us that it is such a great thing to have. When I think about it, I'm guessing it is going to be well worth the money. Just to be able to sit in your romm w/the door open and hear the ocean or to sit outside in the morning/evening w/your significant other and enjoy a drink as the sun sets or rises would make it worth it. Looking forward to April 15th. I'll let you know what I find out.