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Old March 22nd, 2007, 11:13 PM
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DH and I cruise with our 12 yar old. We have always had a Blacony cabin..but never spend much time on it. We were discussing if we should save the money and downsize..any advice?
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I wouldn't give up a balcony for anything. I love the fresh air in the morning, reading a book or napping out there. The balcony and oceanview cabins on CCL are about 185 sq ft and the inside cabins are about 160 sq ft. Have fun planning.
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If you don't spent the time in your room, then why not go to an inside room. I love my balcony!!
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Just wondered if others have downsized to save the money...

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I don't recall anyone downsizing, but I am sure it happens.
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DH and I cruise with our 12 yar old. We have always had a Blacony cabin..but never spend much time on it. We were discussing if we should save the money and downsize..any advice?
I don't know about the "Downsizing" part. I would never give up the space. You could go to a ocean view. This will save some $$, still give you a view and natural light, but still be the same size. With 3 people I wouldn't sacrifice the space.

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Our first cruise was a balcony. Next two were not - to save the money. Last two and all from now on will be balcony. We like to participate in activities, but we are also in the room a bit. I like the freedom of the balcony to get the fresh air whenever I want. My husband doesn't like sitting in direct sun all day, but he does like being outside. The balcony provides perfect space for him to sit outside and read. If you are the kind of family that is go-go-go all day long, it might be worth it to you to save the cash. If you prefer a more relaxed, leisurely vacation, it's worth the balcony.
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we were going to get a balcony for our 12 day cruise thinking it would be such a wonderful amenity. however, we decided that we might as well save the money for other things on our cruise and plus we figured having a balcony just gives an excuse to stay couped up in our room when we could be taking full advantage of everything else aboard. we compromised and went with an oceanview which still saved each of us a couple hundred dollars. really, its up to you and your family and what type of vacation youre looking for.
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I like the balcony cabins. We have had all types. Found that with the inside cabin we tended to sleep later because it was so dark. We will do balconys from now on.
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Once we had a balcony (last cruise) we will not go back to an inside or ocean view... It is nice to walk outside for the fresh air and see the sites when coming into ports..
Well worth the extra amount of money..
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Reasons why I HAVE to have a balcony....
1. Sometimes it is nice to have quite time from all of the ships noise. I would rather sit on the balcony then watch TV.
2. when one person is getting ready, showering and such, it is nice to sit outside rather than in the small room.
3. I love to sit out there and have a cup of coffee, when we take off from port we open a bottle of great Champain to celebrate and drink it on our balcony.
4. My hubby wakes up and jumps out of bed, he sits out there for few minutes while I yawn and make myself get up! (at least 10 minutes or so!)
5. My cell phone works on the balcony to call home and check on everyone. Then it stays in the room.
6. I just really love the balcony!
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Besides, with the balcony, you can sit out upon it and watch the others fly by as they head to the water :o
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OK are you going to clean up the diet coke off my keyboard, that just shot out of my nose? !!!

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Mehawk, you are one funny guy.

I guess to each his/her own if you prefer a balcony, an outside cabin or an inside cabin. That is why we live in America, we have a choice in life, to decide whatever suites us best.

My family and I prefer an outside cabin. We are hardly in our rooms, just to shower and sleep. We are usually busy doing things on the ship or off the ship, so we decided why get a balcony. If our TA ever upgraded us to a balcony then hey why not.

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ROTFLMAO I'm just glad I didn't have a mouth full of tea. OMG you are priceless. HAHAHAHA
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The one thing I haven't heard anyone mention.....my daughter is a smoker, and she smokes out on the balcony to avoid smelling up the room for me. For us, a balcony is a must.
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Once we had a balcony (last cruise) we will not go back to an inside or ocean view... It is nice to walk outside for the fresh air and see the sites when coming into ports..
Well worth the extra amount of money..
When you are loaded like Lou it doesn't matter 8)
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Balcony cabins are evil, evil things. They promote sloth and anti-social behavior. You miss so many activities while you watch the sunset. It’s so callus to stand on your balcony and enjoy watching the last minute stragglers run down the pier after the posted time to leave a port of call and the ships whistle is blowing. The dolphins are terrible teases, they come and jump along side the ship for a few minutes then never again, what’s with that? Sure you can do all of that on deck, but if you go out, how much time so you really spend standing at the rail?

I mean after all, if I can talk a few of you out of renting them, then the price I have to pay may go down since I’ll never cruise without one again. At least not unless I go w/o DW.
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I am booked for my first balcony in July on deck 9.

Last month I was in my first inside cabin, I did not like inside and only did it because we booked last minute and it was a really great deal on deck 9. Outside was only available on deck 1. I really liked being up on deck 9 and I think going forward I will always look for that.

I have been told by my friends that once you go balcony you never go back.
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Going back is tough. We did a back to back cruise last Christmas, and the second ship was just a window. You want to keep trying to open the wall.
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You won't regret having a balcony! They are great!
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Luann,
My wife and I have thought about doing back to back cruises also. How did you like it? Was it the same cruise?
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No not the same ship, although we received a letter during the Conquest part of the cruise thanking us for staying on the ship another week. It was tough to go and tell them of their mistake. Our second ship was the Elation.

In may ways it was cool. I some ways it was disappointing. never ever go on a large ship, and then get on a smaller one. It's like....... well never mind. We also went from the balcony to a terrible room on the Elation. I swear they put a bed in the engine room. We are the type that we don't like to complain, so we just tried to make fun, and joke about it.

The good things are we saw many different ports. We got to know the personal in Galveston very well.

Would we do it again? ........... Heck yea.
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I feel since we have to pay for flights to and from we might as well stay and do a 2nd cruise. Kind of 2 for the price of 1 flight. Think the DW will buy it?
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Luanne, I know what you mean about putting a bed in the engine room on the Elation. My family and I sailed on the Elation last year, and we were on the Riveria deck. OH MY GOSH, big mistake we heard the engine, we heard the anchor or something coming in and out.

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