When my wife and I first started cruising in 1978 we booked outside cabins with a view. If balconies were available they were out of our price range.
We now book balconies 100%, the ocean view, the ocean breeze, coffee, cocktails, breakfast on the veranda and the sail away from ports is fantastic.
Nothing wrong with inside cabins but for us it is to confining and having electric lights on all the time is not the way we want to cruise. Being boat owners for 20 plus years the ocean is what we want to see, the joy it brings us is very important. Sea days is what we love and the balcony brings us closer to the glory and nature this world has to offer.
So what type cabin do you book and why?
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Lucky You!!! :-) Getting to wake up with the ocean right outside your cabin window!!!
WOW....I guess my THIRD HUSBAND...lol...(Yes,ya'll...I'm going to keep tryin' til I get it right!..lol..) will be a cruizin' maniac just like me,and must be able to put us on a balcony
or I won't go!! Nahhhh....that's a lie!!!... Unfortunately....on my little income....I am feeling
mighty blessed to be able to cruise period in an "inside" cabin!!! Who stays in their cabin much anyway,,,,no matter what view you have,right? Have a great day! :-)
Steve, I prefer that the cabin be on a ship............! As long as I'm on a ship, I'm cool. Depending on the itinerary and our finances, we'll do inside or balcony. Regular outside doesn't do much for me.
Balcony Balcony Balcony !!!
Feels so good to wake up with coffee on the balcony and a nice breakfast.
Feels just as good to watch the moon and listen to the ocean slap the side of the ship late at night. Very peaceful _____ :O)
Outside guarantee ever since our first cruise was an inside...and I went nuts with the lights on all the time. Disoriented in position and time of day. Slept till noon. We've had some nice upgrades, but never to a balcony. Until that time, I'm staying in the outsides unless it's a special deal. I'd rather just cruise. Period.
We either go for a "larger" inside, or a balcony cabin. Outside cabins don't offer us a whole lot more than inside cabins, as we don't spend enough time in the cabin for it to make a difference. Now, with balcony cabins on the other hand, we spend a lot more time in - out on the balcony of course! It really depends on the itinerary (okay, and how rich we're feeling at the time we book). For example, we'll be doing the Mexican Riviera in a couple of weeks, and have booked an inside cabin, but when we do Alaska, it will definitely be a balcony cabin for us!
We used to book just the cabin we wanted, now I usually book a guarantee, but always book that balcony cabin, in hopes of a nice upgrade, although the last 3 times, no upgrade. Now for our Radiance cruise coming up in Feb., we went with an aft balcony cabin, no guarantee this time. Its something I've always wanted to try, and there were some available, so we went for it!
We usually book TBA inside. The room is only used to change and sleep. I don't feel the need to sit on a balcony by myself. I can do that at home. I've had outside cabins, they don't thrill me enough to spend an extra $200. The money we save goes to our tours. I don't envy the people with private balconies, we each have our priorties. I have a friend that has to book a cabin with a bath tub, showers are not for her.
We had our first balcony cabin last November on the Golden Princess and then sailed on the same ship in an inside cabin last month. The difference in price wasn't worth it to me, and the cooler itinerary (New England/Canada) meant that I wouldn't get to enjoy the balcony as much. On our Caribbean cruise on the Golden, we left the balcony door open all night long. I loved the fresh sea air.
We're booked in an inside again for next summer's cruise on the Star Princess to Alaska. I've read so many recommendations for a balcony, that it's a "must" for this itinerary, but once again the difference in price doesn't seem worth it to me. Right now, it would cost us $1,400 more ($200 a day) to get a balcony cabin.
Had out side rooms, some suits with balcony and some with out. Never had the nerve to try a inside room I'm not sure how I would handle it. I might pull my hair out being an inside cabin. I don't have that much hair left anyways.
We started out with an inside cabin, then to an outside, then a balcony, then a suite with a balcony, and 2 weeks ago, had the Grand Suite on Star Princess. WOW!! are we spoiled. It would be very hard for us to ever go back to an inside or outside. We always book a balcony cabin, preferably the very back of the ship (aft). Looking at the wake and listening to it at night (the slider open), when we are at sea , is very calming.
its got to be a balcony. Its so great to be able to go out on your balcony early in the morning in your pj's and watch the ship come into port, while drinking a coffee, or just to relax and have a snack after a long day of touring. Unless its really, really hot we leave the slider to the balcony open to get the fresh air and sounds of the sea!
We have always booked a balcony cabin whenever available. Love to have that first cup of coffee on the balcony in the AM. But I guess if I couldn't afford that I would go with whatever. Have had outside cabins and it's nothing like having a balcony. But some ships just don't have balconies and if you want to go you take what you can get.
We have booked ROS and Outside gty and even a balcony because the price was right. Mostly we get whatever we can because of limited income but try to get an outside GTY at least as it is so much nicer to be able to see outside at least.