Post # 1
Have anyone booked a oceanview balcony cabin before? Is it worth the money? I just checked RCI – Allure of the Sea and it’s going to cost almost $2600 CAD for the both of us. I always want to try out a balcony cabin but each time I only book interior stateroom because I feel that I won’t be spending much time in our cabin… will be too busy on the boat and touring on port.
But honeymoon is different than a regular cruise vacation, just wondering does it really make a different between balcony and regular stateroom. Especially a giant ship like Allure of the Sea
Post # 3
I was never in the room other than to sleep or to get ready for the day and dinner – felt the money we paid for the upgrade to the balcony room was a real waste. But then you’re on your honeymoom…………
But then it was really fun to sunbathe on my own private balcony 🙂
Post # 4
@gpiglet: Do they have a suite option?
I’ve seen a balcony room on another RC ship, I don’t remember what we were on. It was NOT impressive. We liked our room better – it was oddly shaped bc it was towards the front of the ship and we had a TON of room!
Post # 5
Oh I certainly think it is worth it. I can’t stand the interior rooms and not having any windows. The balcony is nice too, it is a place to hang out privately with your husband, but you don’t have to be in your bedroom and you can still be outside. We would order drinks up to the room and have pre-dinner cocktails. Plus I loved waking up in the morning and seeing the sun, be able to go outside without getting dressed, etc.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
Ocean View is definitely worth the money, IMO…I went on the Oasis (same model), and it was gorgeous. WARNING! We went in August and it was HOT HOT HOT…and humid, when we opened the door to the balcony the mirrors would fog up. It was still worth it to me, especially in port, to have the balcony, though. If you want to save some money try getting the interior, boardwalk view cabins. I think they would be nice, too. Less money, and still not as claustraphobic as an inside cabin.
Post # 7
I would get a window but not a balcony (and, in fact, that’s what we did).
Post # 8
@gpiglet: I like balcony staterooms best. I’ve done balconies twice and one interior. I like the balcony because I could sit and have a cocktail out there, get fresh air without leaving my room and I just enjoyed having a view.
Post # 9
I’ve only been on one cruise and we had a balcony. It was right for me because I’m not big on crowds, so when I wanted to spend some time out in the morning (I woke up before my FI) or evening that’s where I was. I also liked watching us pull in to port!
This is not to say you couldn’t enjoy the cruise without a private balcony. You’re right, most of your time will be spent out of the room. If something else is a priority, by all means skip it.
Post # 10
How many sea days will you have on the cruise? I found that the balcony can be a nice place to escape when you’re on the boat all day.
Post # 11
I feel trapped when I spend too much time in a balcony-less room.
Post # 12
I’m looking at 7 days Eastern Carribean on either Oasis or Allure of the Sea, maybe sometimes in November.. so looks like it will be 2 days at the sea
My ideal romantic cruise trip is wake up in the morning and watch sunrise together on the deck or balcony but my FI ………… is not a person can wake pu easily hahaha, last time he was drunk and fall asleep.. his buddies use make up draw all over his face while I keep kicking him to wake him up 😛 So yeah, I doubt he can enjoy sunrise with me
Thanks for the tips!! If it’s not for honeymoon, I will go for regular interior stateroom but it’s our honeymoon….so I want a better room… I read some review on cruise critic, some people book broadway view and complain it’s too loud.
Is the window room bigger than the regular room?? How was it?
So did book a suite with RCI before? How was it?? I search allure of the sea balcony suite on youtube last night. It looks kinda small in the video… so that’s why I want to get some real reviews… couldn’t find much detail on cruise critic
Post # 13
We’re booking an Oceanview that’s eligible for a free balcony upgrade so we’re just going to go with that. I’m terrifed of heights/balconies.
Post # 14
May I know which cruise you are booking??
Post # 15
Definitely get the balcony! It’s well worth it. Just sitting and watching the ocean go by, or seeing a sunrise or sunset is amazing. Plus, since it’s your honeymoon, you’ll probably be spending a little more time in your room than you usually do on cruises. 😉
Post # 16
I worked on the ship. I also stayed in a Cabin overlooking the boardwalk. It is loud but only for the night shows. If you go to bed after midnight, you would be fine.
it just depends what you want to pay for. If you use a Honeymoon cruise to lay in bed “cuddling” for hours, then I would say go for the balcony. If you are going to be exploring the ship (going to all the different restaurants and shows) going on excursions etc. then I wouldn’t pay for the upgrade.
Nassau is a short day, so the cruise ends up being like 2 and a half sea days.