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Old March 12th, 2016, 12:33 PM
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Default Inside, Oceanview, Balcony, Suite; Which one for you?

I have people ask me all the time; which type of stateroom is best? Or they'll be going to someplace like Alaska and the first thing they say when I ask what type of stateroom do they want, they always say a balcony.

People often have the misconception that in some places, like Alaska or the Panama Canal as examples, that a balcony stateroom is always the best way to go.

When we did our Panama Canal cruise, we got an inside stateroom and loved it. While going through the canal, we spent all the time up on deck taking pictures. Besides, if you get a balcony stateroom and stay there, you'll only see one side. While doing that, you'll miss some wonderful views on the other side of the ship.

For example, when entering the canal, we saw one of the huge gates for the new locks was standing up on the side of the canal - I took some pictures of it with a pickup truck next to it for size comparison and the truck looked like a little toy next to it. On the other side of the ship, we could see the construction of the new bridge they're building to go across the canal. And in the front, was the lock itself.

Definitely, we would not have wanted to confine ourselves to the balcony in this situation.

When we came out of the lock, the new gate had already been moved in place. Had we been on a balcony on the other side of the ship, we would have missed seeing an amazing sight.

Even if we do have a balcony, the only time we're out there is when we're at sea. Anytime we're coming into port, leaving port, or close to something, we're always on deck taking pictures.

On our Alaskan cruise, most people were on one side of the ship to see the land. In the meantime, we were going back and forth from one side to the other and we were watching a pod of whales on the other side. Had we been on a balcony, we would have missed another incredible sight.

Personally, while I really love a balcony stateroom or a suite when we can afford it, often times we'll take the cheapest inside cabin we can find and spend the rest of the money on adventures in port. Or, better yet, take the extra money and spend it on another cruise. If the budget is tight, I'd rather do two cruises in an inside stateroom than one cruise in a balcony stateroom.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with getting an inside stateroom - we do it all the time. Then again, there's nothing more romantic than sitting on a balcony, enjoying a quiet drink with my wife while watching a beautiful sunset.

So what type of stateroom do you prefer and why? I think new cruisers would be very interested in this subject and getting feedback from others.

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We go for inside, mainly because of price. Being less expensive as you have said we can cruise more.
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I did an inside cabin once................once.

I got inside cabin psychosis after about 4 days, even though it was port intensive cruise. Though you are out and about on the ship you are in the cabin more than you realize.

We did do a five day in an outside cabin and I handled that quite well.

In the other 43 cruises it's always been a balcony or a suite. If I can't afford a balcony, I don't cruise or, if the itinerary was right, I would consider an outside. I gotta have that daylight.

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We love having the balcony. We will still go up top to get the fuller views but there's also a lot of commotion on the upper outside decks. We don't go for the on ship activities all that much. We don't gamble for example and find most of the shows a tad boring. So a lot of time is spent on our balcony just chillin'.
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We booked a inside once also back in 2003 so we could cruise longer...never again

Now I book an oceanview if I can ...but my TA keeps upgrading us to a balcony
We rarely use the balcony but a free upgrade is hard to turn down
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The DW insists on natural I light and we love a balcony. Our first cruise we booked guaranteed ocean view, got upgraded and were hooked.

We pretty much always begin and end our day on the balcony and are not big social people so we don't spend much time in the bars and none in the casino.
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I prefer a balcony but Mrs.LF prefers an Oceanview and we usually book her preference.
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I always book a balcony.


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Yep, have to have a balcony, need the light and the easy access to the outside....I know it can be costly, but makes the trip much more enjoyable....
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A few years ago we had a balcony. We were advised that the crew would be painting balconies and if passengers could not deal with the smell to let them know . My wife has asthma and I was using a CPAP machine .Even though we said we did not want them to paint they did so anyway and we had a problem.
That is one of the reasons that my wife does not want a balcony .
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I have had Extended balcony, Balcony, Ocean View and Inside cabins. Extended Balconies are our favorite but if money is tight we will book a ocean view or a inside cabin. Example.....We were on the Norwegian Pearl and had booked a obstructed ocean view cabin. We ended up loving the cabin so much because of it's location. It was a few doors down from the Blue Lagoon restaurant where we ate breakfast everyday because no one on board new they served breakfast there we were practically the only ones there every morning. One floor down I had access to a smoking area so that was a big plus for me. The toilet was a tight fit in the bathroom because of the angle but there was a public restroom 4 doors down that was really convenient for me. We recently booked another cruise on the Pearl, this time for Alaska, and I made sure our outstanding Travel agent got us the same room we had before.
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A few years ago we had a balcony. We were advised that the crew would be painting balconies and if passengers could not deal with the smell to let them know . My wife has asthma and I was using a CPAP machine .Even though we said we did not want them to paint they did so anyway and we had a problem.
That is one of the reasons that my wife does not want a balcony .
I think your chances of that happening a second time are very slim.

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I think your chances of that happening a second time are very slim.

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However I cannot convince my wife of that .
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We've done an inside once too. Once was enough I've never sailed in an Ocean View it been balconies and suites since our first cruise. I would consider an inside on a higher end line as sometimes the price difference is insane and you're in port a lot longer on the smaller cruise ships.
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I don't care what type of cabin we are in as long as we have one. My wife on the other hand prefers the balcony so we usually go with that.
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ocean view and balcony both are best.
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ocean view and balcony both are best.

I don't think that any of the cabin choices are best. It's what one prefers. I have crossed the Atlantic and the Pacific on inside cabins and I will not do that again.
For me it's a balcony or I stay home.


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I agree, Manny!

Everything is the best, based on what you like and what you can afford.

As I always say, what one person loves, another will hate.

Me? I love our junior suites, when we can afford them. But usually, we'll do an inside, so we can afford more cruises.

After all, a day on a cruise beats any day at work!

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I am doing a 14 day cruise from NYC and back to NYC .The first 2 1/2 sea days and the last 2 1/2 sea days would not benefit from a balcony .
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