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Old August 16th, 2009, 12:13 AM
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My last 6 cruises I've had a balcony. I don't use it much, mostly I like leaving the door open at night or stepping out for a minute or two when we are docking. I've never spent more than than 5-10 minutes at a time on it. I guess my biggest issue with oceanviews is location, I prefer being on deck 8 or 9. If you have gone from balconies to oceanviews, how did it work out. Were you sorry, glad or it didn't make any difference?
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We've never "downgraded" from a balcony to oceanview, but for us, it would seem like trading our BMW (if we had one) for a Ford Pinto. Just wouldn't work for us.

If cost is an issue, going with an OV would save you some money.

I guess I have to ask the question.......if you don't use a balcony, why did you keep booking one?
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I have been booking a balcony for the last 6 years and plan to continue to do so. However, we do use our balcony. We have some breakfasts there and I like sit on the bcony for a while before I go to bed.

If you don't use you won't miss not getting one.

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I would try the oceanview if you don't use the balcony that much. Try it once and if you don't like it then go back to the balcony in the future.


16 cruises always had the inside. I like to cruise more often so the inside helps me do that. If I had a balcony all the time I would have to cut out one cruise each year. I'm also not a balcony type of person I know I would only use the balcony to dry off wet swimwear.

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Now that we are in the business my cruise budget is quite sufficient BUT have sailed in all the main categories. No regrets and I do agree with the prior post to at least try it out.
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We've never "downgraded" from a balcony to oceanview, but for us, it would seem like trading our BMW (if we had one) for a Ford Pinto. Just wouldn't work for us.

If cost is an issue, going with an OV would save you some money.

I guess I have to ask the question.......if you don't use a balcony, why did you keep booking one?
Because sometimes I like having the door open at night.
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I would try the oceanview if you don't use the balcony that much. Try it once and if you don't like it then go back to the balcony in the future.


16 cruises always had the inside. I like to cruise more often so the inside helps me do that. If I had a balcony all the time I would have to cut out one cruise each year. I'm also not a balcony type of person I know I would only use the balcony to dry off wet swimwear.

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You are right, I just need to give it a try. My first two cruises were on NCL and I had oceanviews, the first was large and had a sitting area next to the window; the second was tiny, although it was the largest one avaialble, and stuffy. It was the second one that made me start booking balconies for the fresh air.

I miss the old promenades that wrapped around the ship where one could stroll at night. When I had the oceanviews, that is where I went for air.
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I do believe, that if someone who always had a balcony, & really wanted to cruise, and, this cruise they could not swing a balcony, they would choose to cruise anyway, rather then stay at home. jmho
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I've gone back and forth -- never had an inside, but one day I will try it. I never seem to use the balcony as much as I think I will. It's all a matter of value for me. And, if the itinerary is intense, I am less likely to get a balcony, or if the ports are coolish, like in Alaska. You'll be fine, and have no regrets going to an OV, imo.
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alot also depends upon your cabinmate..balconies gives one that extra room..if you are never in your cabin except to sleep and shower then it's not that big of an issue, OV is fine and gives you a less "closed in" feeling

however, with the $$$ saved you can do more onboard stuff
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I love having a balcony. Not to sure I could do without! Also my cruisemates smokes and I dont so they go on the balcony and everyone's happy.
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i have had a balcony and oceanview. nothing wrong with an oceanview
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We had an ocean view on our first cruise in 1997 and a balcony ever since. No way I would no back inside. We spend a lot time on the balcony especially when the pool area is crowded.
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