I will never, never, never go back to an inside cabin... EVER!!!! Unless somebody else is paying for my trip I will always book an outside cabin. My first cruise was in an inside cabin, and I thought it was fine, but when I booked an outside cabin on my second cruise...that was it; I was totally spoiled by the view (albeit, not from a balcony).
I've noticed that cabins that have a port hole are less expensive than ones with a window, and they're always in the front of the ship (sorry, I don't know the cruise lingo). Are the port holes smaller than the windows, or are they the same size only round? What about the ship movement? I always try to book on the Riviera deck midship, where I hardly feel any movement. I would think that being that close to the front would make me seasick.
I've had OV cabins with the large picture window, and cabins with one porthole, some with two portholes. Yes, the porthole cabins are at the frontmost part of the ship. The porthole 'glass' area is approx. 12" in diameter. I have not felt any more movement there than in midship cabins. Those porthole cabins are what I try and book each cruise. A little less money, and as long as I can see outside, I'm fine.
"Laissez les bon temps rouler!"
New Orleans Lady - that's ME.
14 Carnival cruises
3 Princess cruises
2 HAL cruises
2 NCL cruises
3 RCL cruises
All fantastic voyages!