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Old August 17th, 2006, 10:36 AM
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is a balcony room worth the price? we dont want to buy a larger room and find that we dont spend any time in it. this will be our first cruise, so were curious. thanks.
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I have stayed in all different cabins -- inside (first cruise), ocean view, balcony, jr. suite -- and have enjoyed every cruise. As to how much time you actually spend in the cabin will vary from person to person. I thoroughly enjoyed the balcony. On nice days, I would sit there and read and rest for a while, just enjoying the sound of the ocean. I also enjoyed watching as we came into port. At night standing out there (in my pj's) and looking at the stars. So yes, IMO, even if you are only in the cabin for a short time, it is worth it to have access to a balcony. Having said this, our next cruise is a short one and I have booked an inside cabin -- we shall see if I change my mind .
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Most everyone will tell you "go for the balcony" for us, this isn't all that much true. If you can get one for $100 per person more, yes, go for it, but if you are talking more than that and usually you are then it would depend on the itinerary and length of cruise. A transatlantic with lots of sea days or Alaska with all the scenery may warrent the extra bucks. My DD and I usually go for balconies cause she loves them. DH and I spend the money elsewhere as he could care less. The best part is coffee in the morning, a nightcap before bed and sitting on the balcony when the ship pulls out of port. Maybe you should ask yourself? When I stay in a hotel, how much time do I spend on the balcony if I have one?

Other than sleeping I would guess we spend about 2 or maybe 3 hours a day in the cabin on sea days and less than 2 on port days. NMNita
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My thoughts pretty much echo Nita's, but our experience (for what it's worth) is that if we are doing Alaska we would definately get a balcony. Not only is the scenery fabulous but there's this occurance called "glacial seltzer" that you can't hear from the public decks, only a balcony. If we can get a balcony at a terrific rate in the Carib. we'll take it but to us it's gotta' be a real deal. Hubby also loves to sleep in a cave, so for him an inside cabin is heaven (we live in the sticks and I have no window coverings in the house).

We spend very little time in our cabin (and there are those who say if you have a really good cabin you spend more time there - point well taken) but some of that's because we're people watchers, and on your average day there are just the two of us in our cabin! but even times when we've had a balcony we still had to leave it for excursions, meals, shows, the casino, the pool, the spa. And while I make a mean drink, I do enjoy chatting with bartenders and other cruisers around the ship. I enjoy my afternoon cocktail in the cabin with DH but I don't want to hang out there all the time drinking, ordering room service, watching movies, reading and playing gin rummy with DH (I'd rather beat him out in public!)

But back to some of the other relevant issues. Compare your TOTAL price, not just your cabin. How much is your vacation budget. Remember to budget tips ($10 per person/day), excursions, shopping, additonal items like beverages, premium restaurants, spa, bingo, casino, art auction, shopping. Try alotting a dollar amount to all your miscellaneous things and back into the amount you can spend on a cabin rather than doing it the other way around. We are of the mind that we'd rather splurge on some expensive excursions (sea plane or helicopter tours for example) and take a nice inside cabin rather than a balcony.

BTW, it is my view that there is not much point in having an outside cabin unless you're going to have a balcony. Yes, it is nice to peek out and see the weather, where you are, etc. but in most (not all) outside cabins, the window is high enough that you can't sit in front of it and look out, you've got to stand up or kneel on your bed to peer out. Having said that, on my upcoming sailing on the Sun I have an outside cabin with a full length window but that's another story.

Now, I'm sure I've not given you any useful information but that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
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I have never booked an inside cabin, because I enjoy natural light & need to see outside.

If the price of a balcony cabin is prohibitive, I will settle for an OV.

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There is nothing like a cocktail and a tropical sunset on your balcony. Prorate the money throughout the year and brwon bag it alittle more and you afford it.
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We spend more time in the cabin than the "average" cruiser does. When we first statred crusing it was just the opposite.

I like watching the ship docking and leaving the port and taking pictures. On sea days after a long shore excurision, it is nice to just relax on your own balcony and catch a few rays instead of fighting the masses by the pools.
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We spend many hours in our cabin and on our balcony. Since we only take one cruise a year, we are lucky enough to book S suites (on HAL) and AB suites on NCL. It's not that we don't enjoy being around others but after a few hours in the morning at the pool, we love to just crash in our cabin, have room service for late lunch and then nap on the balcony.

I agree with others who stated there's nothing like watching the sun rise from your balcony and then watching the sun set each evening. I enjoy watching the ship pull into each port as well.

If you can grab a balcony at a great price then I would go for it! The sea breeze and the smell of the ocean can't be beat.........
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in line with other posters have indicated..IMHO it depends on the ports and the size of the ship

Alaska or Hawaii would be worth the extra bucks for a balcony

if you are on a large (voyager class) ship with ports that you have been to before, it's worth it to have the balcony to get away from the crowds

I find if you paid for a balcony, you will stay in your cabin more because you paid for it..if you paid for an inside you will be out of it more using the money you saved to take part in more activities

IMHO the greatest part about having a balcony...late at night you can open the door and here the ocean
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We rarely splurge on a balcony. Our first was 10 years ago on the Panama Canal full transit cruise - need a balcony on this one and then the only other one was last December in an "aft" balcony. I had been wanting one and was able to snatch one at a "decent" price - still about $250 per person more than an outside but had been wanting one so we did it. Also it was on a western caribbean route we have done 11 times...

We loved it and really enjoyed it - expecially me - hubby did not like that I got up every morning at 6am to make coffee and sit on the balcony and watch the sun rises.... We are to sleep in on vacation don't you know!!! One morninn - the moring we docked in Roatan Honduras the roosters were crowing so loud- it sounded like there were hundreds of them! At night was wonderful - we sat out one night and watched all the falling stars.. Was this worth $500 more???? Yes - but we are sailing in an outside this cruise. Money is tight and we just love to cruise mainly... You'll have a blast no matter what - first cruise I might go for an outside and then you will know either way. By the way I sit in the window sills of the outside cabins and have a glass of wine - that is nice too... Debbie
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We rarely splurge on a balcony. Our first was 10 years ago on the Panama Canal full transit cruise - need a balcony on this one and then the only other one was last December in an "aft" balcony. I had been wanting one and was able to snatch one at a "decent" price - still about $250 per person more than an outside but had been wanting one so we did it. Also it was on a western caribbean route we have done 11 times...

We loved it and really enjoyed it - expecially me - hubby did not like that I got up every morning at 6am to make coffee and sit on the balcony and watch the sun rises.... We are to sleep in on vacation don't you know!!! One morninn - the moring we docked in Roatan Honduras the roosters were crowing so loud- it sounded like there were hundreds of them! At night was wonderful - we sat out one night and watched all the falling stars.. Was this worth $500 more???? Yes - but we are sailing in an outside this cruise. Money is tight and we just love to cruise mainly... You'll have a blast no matter what - first cruise I might go for an outside and then you will know either way. By the way I sit in the window sills of the outside cabins and have a glass of wine - that is nice too... Debbie
Debbie, great idea; go outside first and judge from there. I too love to have my coffee on the balcony, but we love cruising and can't always afford to splurge so I do the balcony. like I have said with DD who loves them and with DH we do take outside guaranteed. If we get upgraded wonderful, if not, no biggie. NMNita
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Personally, I spend alot of time on my balcony. It's nice to go out there and read as you're sailing. I've even taken a nap out there. And at night, we leave the door open a little so we can hear the ocean as we sail. *sigh* LOVE IT!!
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Looking at the Carribean when sailing late at night is another pleasure. You feel like you are back in the 1800s when you see the Islands glowing in the distance.
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we are going next week for our 3rd time in an owner's suite on the ncl crown. 650 sq ft of room and 180 sq ft of deck you can spend alot of time in your room. we had a couple up to our room last year that said our deck was bigger than their room. so it is all revelant. if your room is closet size who would spend time in there.
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we are going next week for our 3rd time in an owner's suite on the ncl crown. 650 sq ft of room and 180 sq ft of deck you can spend alot of time in your room. we had a couple up to our room last year that said our deck was bigger than their room. so it is all revelant. if your room is closet size who would spend time in there.
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Last year I got sick with the flu and HAD to spend two days in my cabin - luckaly it was only 1 or 2 balcony cabins I have ever had and it was nicer being able to have the balcony when confined to the room. Especially the AFT balcony I'd try outside for the price first though but you never know. Some really prefer dark inside cabins for lots of sleep... You'll love cruising no matter what! Debbie
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