This is a real matter of personal preference. I personally will not cruise in anything less than a balcony. I greatly enjoy sitting on the balcony and watching the waves and I like being able to get some fresh air into the room.
The windows or portholes in oceanview cabins do not open.
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As I start planning my next cruise, I think for me it comes down to length, and number of sea days. 4n on the Imagination, ocean view was great. Granted, I did 7n on the Atlantica and survived in an inside, but I think if I go east again and have several sea days, a balcony would be nice.
Disney Dream - Dec 2013 4n Bahamas
Disney Dream - Dec 2012 4n Bahamas
Carnival Imagination - Dec 2011 4n Western
Carnival Imagination - Nov 2010 4n Western
Costa Atlantica - Dec 2009 7n Eastern
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Several times we have been upgraded from our usual outside guarantee to a balcony. The balconies are nice, but we would never pay the tremendous extra price they usually command. When you figure a balcony cabin can easily cost $400 to $600 more than an outside, and we sit on the balcony maybe 4 times in a seven day cruise for less than an hour, we are paying $100 to $150 an hour for our balcony! NO THANK YOU!
Balconies are great. We have been, inside, outside window, balcony, suite. However, one reason sometimes I change is the weather. For example, Caribbean I spent a lot of time on balcony relaxing. To Mexico, the time of year I went from LA, for about the first day and a half and the same coming back it was to cold to enjoy. (I know it's not freezing, but not warm either lol)
Are these worth the extra money or should I stick with oceanview. Also, do the oceanview windows open? Thanks.
To me it depends on several factors, the most important is your itinerary. If you are cruising where it is cold or you have many sea days such as crossing the Atlantic, it may not be worth it. I've cruised Panama, the Med, and the Baltic with a balcony and loved it. I've cruised the Northeast and Canada in October and was in an inside, it was too cold to spend much time outside anyway.
My short answer is that to me it is worth it. By the way I also live in Olathe.