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First-time cruiser -- thinking I'm going to spend the extra money on the balcony. Would you say it's worth it? I'm hoping to do the Mariner or Voyager of the Seas.

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Our first cruise is coming up next month and we booked a balcony. We did so becasue so many people have told us that it is such a great thing to have. When I think about it, I'm guessing it is going to be well worth the money. Just to be able to sit in your romm w/the door open and hear the ocean or to sit outside in the morning/evening w/your significant other and enjoy a drink as the sun sets or rises would make it worth it. Looking forward to April 15th. I'll let you know what I find out.
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I LOVE a balcony! But...to me,it depends on the cruise.If money is no option,which normally it is for me,I want the balcony.But,if I need to put my money elsewhere,I take an inside.I have only done a cabin with a porthole once.To me,its inside or balcony.Im not lucky enough to have a suite yet!

Where are you cruising? I find that when Im cruising the Caribbean,I dont really have to have a balcony because I spend a lot of time up on deck or doing trivia games.I dont spend much time in my room.But,I must admit,its SO very nice to be able to walk out and see what the weathers like! Or its great coming into port.Ive never had a meal on a blacony yet,but I know a lot of ppl do,and Im not a coffee drinker,so dont need it for that!

I asked this same question about my upcoming cruise to the Greek Isles/Turkey.And,really,I feel that I cant justify the extra money for the balcony,since this cruise is more about the ports...that being said,I had almost talked myself into giving it up for an inside...but..I havent been able to do it yet

So,Yes,do a balcony!!
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I would also agree with the balcony if you can swing it. I love having a balcony and being able to listen to the ocean. Give it a try and enjoy!
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We got our first balcony about 12 cruises ago. We wouldn't book anything else, no matter what the itinerary. I would hate to have engraved on my tombstone "I wish I would have gotten the balcony......."

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Go with the balcony- trust me.
It seriously made our vacation.
You'll thank yourself!!
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My Mom was one of the "give me the cheapest room you have, I'm never in it anyway" group. UNTIL, I "forced" her into a small one (category "E2")on the "Radiance" in '03. SO last year she wanted to try a category "D" and this year we are booked in a "JS" to Hawaii (14 nt roundtrip from LA). Over the years they have become more affordable and they really do open up the room (especially nice for the longer itineraries).

Last point, it also comes down to using it. I am the type that loves to be out on the balcony at all hours. When my wife cruises with me she could care less unless it's to sun worship. On very busy itineraries, where we really are off the ship a lot, I could care less what cabin I am in.
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go for the balcony. We love going out there in the morning early to watch the sunrise in our jammies, having a cup of coffee and a muffin or danish, fruit etc. We read over the daily ships paper, find out what's going on. Its great when you come into and are leaving port. IN the afternoon we might sit out there have a cocktail, just relax in the fresh sea air.
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I'm a newbie cruiser myself, having only just returned from my first...I'd definitely go with the balcony again! It is well worth the extra money IMO. Our teens had an inside stateroom across the hall from our balcony and the difference is amazing. Like night and day. Thiers felt like a dungeon, ours was airy and fully of light. It was great falling asleep to the swish of the ocean against the ship and waking up to the sound of the ocean lapping up against the ship. And sometimes, during downtime, it was nice to just sit out there and chill. And in the morning, we'd have our coffee brought up and have it out there on the balcony while taking in the sunrise - absolutely beautiful! If we go again, we're getting a balcony again. Our kids kept coming in to see the water constantly!
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I most definitely will do the balcony! Thanks for the feedback.
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balcony...it's more romantic..gives you less of a "closed in" feel with your cabin...great to avoid crowds on the pool deck..you can see the moonlight when you return from the show and dancing and the casino late at night..you can have your morning coffee and danish in your bath robe sitting on your balcony...stay out of your wife's way while she's dressing for formal night
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Go with the balcony. We love sitting out there watching the action (people coming and going, docking procedures, dolphins jumping, storms rolling in over the city or at sea, hearing the waves at night, etc). For those with small children its even better-its a place to go and read or chat while the child naps in the cabin. Going through the Panama Canal it was cool when a ship was alongside too. Same while in port and a ship is next to you. You can check out the cabin layouts on the other ship!

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This question is somewhat related...

On the Radiance class ships, are the doors out to the balcony hinged doors or are they sliding doors? We are trying to figure the best way to prop them open to enjoy the sea air while we sleep. (Duct tape.. Bungee cord…?)
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I will say this,at the risk of feeling the heat...I could NOT use my balcony,nor leave my door open to enjoy the breeze and wave sounds,because of all the cig smoke coming in...it was awful.That was a first for me,but bad enough that if I ever experience it again,I wont take another balcony.It was a waste of money.
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You can take great pictures right from your balcony. Believe me, a balcony enhances the cruise experience. Go for it !!!!!!!!!!!
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We booked a stateroom with a balcony for our cruise coming up in August. This will be our first balcony room, and we're very excited about it. I'm so glad most of the people here think it's worth the extra cost
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This question is somewhat related...

On the Radiance class ships, are the doors out to the balcony hinged doors or are they sliding doors? We are trying to figure the best way to prop them open to enjoy the sea air while we sleep. (Duct tape.. Bungee cord…?)
They are sliding doors. A bungee cord works, although if your cabin is mid-ship, you probably won't need anything, since the motion will be minimal.
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Thanks...Now back to packing panic. Only a week and a half to go.
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Hi,

A balcony does not make or break a cruise for me. If the price is right and I can spend the extra money I usually go for one. If not, I'm still very happy with the cruise.

I'm always up near the pool or the hot tubs anyway so I'm always in the sunshine.

A balcony is nice to dine on. Very peaceful and romantic. I like it for the solitude. There are times when I want to be outside but not around noisy people. So for relaxation it is great.

So the answer is personal choice.

What I look for most of all when choosing a ship is the right cruise line and ship. Each has their own personality. It depends on what you are looking for.

What activities do you plan to do while onboard?

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so subjective. it basically is a money decision because balcony is better. But....i think there are a few factors to look at.

1- how much time spent in room
2- where is cruise going and how long is it.
3- what is the price difference.
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I asked this same question about my upcoming cruise to the Greek Isles/Turkey.And,really,I feel that I cant justify the extra money for the balcony,since this cruise is more about the ports...that being said,I had almost talked myself into giving it up for an inside...but..I havent been able to do it yet

So,Yes,do a balcony!![/quote ]

I think this is the most important balcony cruise. We have done this twice and the balcony was never more important. Going through the Dardanelle from the Med to Istanbul is amazing at night and you can put on a robe and sip champagne while you do it

Please keep the balcony for this one
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Kllund,I STILL have it Hubby said something the other night about it,and I told him I kept it! I know he was happy!
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