For our first cruise we booked an outside cabin. We spent little time in the cabin and hardly ever looked out the window. At the extra cost for a window for the week I could have bought a new Pella window for my home. We then booked several inside cabin cruises. We spent little time in our cabin, didn't miss the window and had great cruises. We then got a great deal on a balcony cabin on Carnival Legend. We spent a lot of time on the balcony relaxing, reading, having a drink while watching theocean go by. We found that we could also do all the things aroung the ship that we could do when we booked the inside cabins. We have always booked balcony cabins since. Our favorite cabins are Caribe deck balconies on Grand Class ships because they are double size of the regular balconies.