For me there is nothing better. I have had a suite, one of rccl's atrium rooms,as well as a balcony, and have visited an inside booked by a son. I don't know if the suite is really worth it to me. Again, its a personal thing but I like to see the sun rise and natural light.
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for me, once you have a balcony room you will never go back.
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Jeff, ask yourself how you have spent your time on your two previous cruises. Did you spend a lot of time on the Lido, the bars or casino, then maybe your cabin category is not so much a part of the cruise. Do you like to sit and watch the water go past? A balcony could be just the thing for you.
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I think it also may depend on who you are cruising with. Spouse? Friend? Family? Kids? I might be paranoid with a balcony with my little son.
I usually cruise with my mom. We look at prices and if the balcony is not too much more, we will splurge. It is great to hear the ocean! But we always have fun no matter what, even with an inside cabin.
Sounds like a great choice. This will be our 1st balcony, I'm excited to feel the experience. However, I found out that Carnival has their balcony doors swing out, instead of having a sliding door. Anybody have knowledge on this?
Thank you all so much for your responses. I am getting the feeling it is the best way to cruise. I didn't mind the inside cabins on my last 2 cruises but the gal wants a balcony this time. Your responses seem to have been unanimous!!
for me I want an inside room. This is a personal choice, but I don't spend much time in the room. I get up quickly shower and get dresses and then don't come back to the room until it is time to get ready for dinner. Then I don't come back until I sleep. I have yet to see the need for having a balcony. Maybe one day i will book a balcony room, but we will see.
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We have had a balcony on one cruise, and loved it. That being said we have found out that we can take two cruises for what one balcony costs. I would rather cruise more, than have the balcony. We are on a budget, therefore the price is the determining factor as to how much we can cruse.
Just our opinion
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As someone said,
"once you go balcony, you will never go back
for the price I had just as soon do inside ,I have done both never will pay extra for a window OV either inside or balcony .Cruised last week inside next yr DH's first cruise so I booked Balcony just for him.
Well Shirley, to each his or her own. I respect your opinion of course, but I couldn't disagree more strongly. I would Never take an inside, ever. I love the sea air, and there is nothing that beats sitting on your own verandah in the tropical shade with a good book, or standing at the rail with a great drink in your hand at the sailaway. Or gliding into port at dawn! That IMHO, is what cruising is all about.
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