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Old March 3rd, 2013, 09:27 PM
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I what you're thinking....I can get by without a balcony, besides it costs too much. Well, not in the long run. A balcony stateroom experience is completely different than an inside cabin experience on the same cruise. The fresh air, views, extra space can't be beat. Some say "I don't spend time in my cabin" well that's because they don't have a balcony cabin. Plan the cruise further in advance if you need to save the extra money. A great vacation vs a mediocre vacation is well worth the extra money.
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I agree with the previous post.

I don't cruise without a balcony.

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We always used to book balconies on single cruises but since we now only do B2B have gone back to an OV. It saves us lots of money each year for something we've done many times & allows us to book an extra month of cruising each year. Sure it's a nice option if money is unlimited.
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I know it does cost a bit extra for that balcony, but I think it is well worth it...I just can't imagine cruising without being able to walk outside at any time....Yep, it does take some planning and saving up.

Sometimes, you can book a balcony cabin guarantee and save some money, if you don't necessarily have to have a specific cabin...I try to do that whenever I can.
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I know it does cost a bit extra for that balcony, but I think it is well worth it...I just can't imagine cruising without being able to walk outside at any time....Yep, it does take some planning and saving up.

Sometimes, you can book a balcony cabin guarantee and save some money, if you don't necessarily have to have a specific cabin...I try to do that whenever I can.
Oh I agree it's nice to have a balcony but if the cost differential means going on a cruise for 14 days vs. 28 days a year I'd rather be on the ship than not going at all or having to pay it down on a credit card for the next 4 or 5 months at a ridiculous rate.
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Our first cruise was with a port hole ,second oceanview ,third balcony .I liked the balcony the least .

My favorite is an Lanai .We had Lanai cabins twice .
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I what you're thinking....I can get by without a balcony, besides it costs too much. Well, not in the long run. A balcony stateroom experience is completely different than an inside cabin experience on the same cruise. The fresh air, views, extra space can't be beat. Some say "I don't spend time in my cabin" well that's because they don't have a balcony cabin. Plan the cruise further in advance if you need to save the extra money. A great vacation vs a mediocre vacation is well worth the extra money.
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I agree 100%. I need the space to get away and it makes a good vacation great! I do not cruise without a balcony.
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Just wondering haw many days the people who really have to have a balcony, cruise in a year? 7? 14? 30? 60 or more and would you forgo a trip unless you had a balcony?
Also - how many years between cruises?
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DW and I have done cabins from Inside to Owners suites. We choose to have a balcony when we cruise. The price difference between the Inside cabin or an Ocean View compared to the least priced balcony is not really that much. We cruise usually twice a year and it's 14 or 16 nights total. The difference is usually not enough to pay for another cruise. For us it's worth it to have a balcony.
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While we love balconies, especially the aft balconies, we have found that even a inside or ocean view is nice if the location is right.

Our last cruise on the Norwegien Pearl was a classic case of location, location, location. We booked the cruise knowing that funds would be tight and as we had never had a ocean view before we booked at a best available rate. The room we had was a obscured ocean view 1 deck up from the atrium and right down the hall. Being a smoker, it was no big deal to go down 1 floor and out on the deck to smoke. The room was close to one of the restaurants that served breakfast, which it seemed few knew they served breakfast there, so that was nice. We enjoyed the cruise and would definitely book that room again.

While we do prefer a balcony, we will take ocean view or inside if it comes down to a financial decision as a cruise in one of those rooms is better then no cruise at all.
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I am cruising 13 days this year and I insist on a balcony.
I cant stay in a cave.
I need a place to get away from crowds or someone may go swimming.
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If it came down to not having a balcony, or cruising, and you chose not to go, what comes to mind, is my Mother's old saying..."don't cut your nose off to spite your face!"
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I keep trying to convince myself that I can cruise without a balcony, you know, go Seabourn or Silversea but I know deep down I wouldn`t be happy. I think a lot comes down to the type of activity you do onboard. Some people really do spend little time in their cabin, they`re around the ship doing all kinds of stuff. But for others, their time is spent on the deck. I would fall into the latter. It would be a completely different cruise experience for us without a deck that I`m just not willing to try right now.
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Less happy than on a similar itinerary with Princess or Celebrity on a Balcony
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For us, guess it depends on the route.

When we went to Alaska, we took a balcony.
But we travel to short getaway cruise, we would be fine with an inside cabin.
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I've had balcony cabins but sailing single and liking longer cruises, doesn't matter if I'm in an inside cabin. I had a suite one time, too, it was nice, do I need it??? No!

I'd rather be onboard for 14 days, 28 or whatever in an inside cabin than 7 days in a balcony cabin any day, any time.

When I first started cruising in '82, balconies weren't even an issue. Back then, cruise lines had single cabins with no surcharge, too. I remember going on the 1st Royal Princess, which was a big deal because she had all outside cabins, no insides.

Cruising has changed drastically and I realize a balcony is the norm now, but not for everyone. As they say, whatever floats your boat!
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I enjoy cruising but I like land vacations as well. We will be doing our 16th. cruise this april. We booked a cabin with a balcony and that is what I prefer.
I really don't have any desire to cruise more than once a year, so the price of a cruise is not a big deal.
There are a lot of things to do and see in Florida and now that we live here I enjoy land trips as much as I do cruising.

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I what you're thinking....I can get by without a balcony, besides it costs too much. Well, not in the long run. A balcony stateroom experience is completely different than an inside cabin experience on the same cruise. The fresh air, views, extra space can't be beat. Some say "I don't spend time in my cabin" well that's because they don't have a balcony cabin. Plan the cruise further in advance if you need to save the extra money. A great vacation vs a mediocre vacation is well worth the extra money.
I can't get by without a balcony! That's turned into I can't get by without a Junior Suite....and I had a Grand Suite on my last cruise that was nice but I can get by with just a Balcony if I have to.
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