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Old December 11th, 2010, 10:34 AM
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Are these worth the extra money or should I stick with oceanview. Also, do the oceanview windows open? Thanks.
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Oceanview windows do not open . We booked an oceanview for our cruise leaving in 2 days.We were offered an upgrade to a balcony but declined .Its all a matter of opinion .
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Wanda,

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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If you can fit it in the budget, I'd vote for a balcony cabin, absolutely.
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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.
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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!

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Thank you for your post! Good info!
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I have another question about balconies.

I understand that smoking in cabins is forbidden on all ships. Is smoking allowed on the balconies?
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I have another question about balconies.

I understand that smoking in cabins is forbidden on all ships. Is smoking allowed on the balconies?
Actually, almost all ships permit smoking on the balcony and inside your cabin. This is controversial as you will find if you search this forum.

If this is a big question for you (either way) you should check the policy of your specific line and ship.

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we always book a balcony, we spend alot of time out there.
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Yes, if you use it. I prefer to have my little slice of heaven...a place to escape the crowds.

Give me an IPOD, book, or a glass of wine and I'm completely content on my balcony.
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Oceanview windows do not open . We booked an oceanview for our cruise leaving in 2 days.We were offered an upgrade to a balcony but declined .Its all a matter of opinion .
Why?? Was it in a terrible location? I don't know many that pass up a free upgrade to a balcony.
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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)
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Are these worth the extra money or should I stick with oceanview. Also, do the oceanview windows open? Thanks.
Wanda,

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.
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