On our first cruise we had an inside cabin because of cost. I swore I would never do that again! I couldn't stand knowing what time of day or night it was.
Last cruise we did OVG and were on the Empress deck and loved it. This time we booked a specific room. Our DS and his GF are going with us and the wanted a room that looked aft.
I would love to try a balcony some time but am afraid I would like it. We really don't spend that much time in the room so can't really justify the cost.