(Closed) Sacrificing a balcony on a short cruise. Will we regret it?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
  • poll: What would you choose?
    Save some money and go with the outside cabin. : (56 votes)
    68 %
    The balcony is always worth it. : (26 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    If you can afford the balcony, I say it’s always worth it. The only time I would do an inside cabin is when sharing a room with friends or family. I just find it hard to feel sexy in an inside cabin. The breeze and sunshine are so worth it. Plus, romantic, private breakfasts on your balcony can be one of the most enjoyable points of the trip. 

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’ll be honest and tell you I’ve never been cruising.  Everything I’ve heard from friend who have been cruising though is that you won’t spend that much time in your room (or maybe you will 😉 ) haha!  Sorry, couldn’t resist.  Depending on what your plans are for the cruise, I think it would make more sense to get the cheaper room and have money for extras.

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    The practical part of me says forego it, but the spontaneous person inside says go for it; how often do you go cruising?

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Look with all the activities you don’t even need that window. Save the money and get an inside room. you get the same food, the same activities and there is so much to do on ship that there is little reason to be in the room except to sleep and well… But I wouldn’t spend to much to get on board which is really what you are doing when you get the window or balcony. Unless you are going to spend a ton of time in the room you will regret getting it. Hit the lower deck for enjoy a good book, use the money you saved for the spa, or hit that buffet. There is just to much to do that the higher priced rooms never seem worth it.

    Post # 7
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Save the money.  I’ve been on multiple cruises and the only time we’ve had a balcony was our honeymoon to Alaska (and my in-laws booked it for us as a wedding gift – otherwise we wouldn’t even have had the balcony then).

    The one plus with a balcony going to Alaska is that there is actually scenery outside the window to look at and admire.  But even then, I wouldn’t say it was “worth” the extra expense.  In the Carribean, it is just ocean, as far as the eye can see.  Personally, I’d never pay extra for a balcony in the Carribean.

    Post # 8
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I wouldn’t.  We just took a cruise to the bahama’s for 4 days for our honeymoon from Jacksonville, FL.  We had an outside porthole room (same price as inside room, but had 2 porthole windows).  I didn’t miss having a balany at all, even though we spent a decent amount of time in the room hint hint, it wasn’t a big deal and we used the savings to use to go snorkeling and bottom fishing on port (highly recommended by the way, it was awesome).  I’m a very practical person and couldn’t see the benefit of spending all that extra money just to have a private balcony when I could go elsewhere on the ship and see the same thing (some areas were pretty private) and there was so much to do anyways the only time we were really in the rooms was at night and in the morning.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We loved our balcony, although for us it was only 10-20% more.  It was my first time cruising as an adult (trips on the Alaskan ferry as a kid to go from point A to point B don’t count!) and I don’t think I can ever go w/o one now!  That said, I love the water, grew up in many states near it, so it’s wonderful to sit outside, look and listen to the water, drinking our two permissible bottles of wine in the evening…  Very romantic and that (at least illusion of) privacy is hard to replicate out on the public deck.  We also had breakfast out there before excursions.

    ETA: Heh, by my profile pic alone you should be able to tell I’m a water-fiend.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @Mrs.KMM:  In the Carribean, it is just ocean, as far as the eye can see.  Personally, I’d never pay extra for a balcony in the Carribean.

    And that’s the beauty of it to me!  🙂  But then again, I’ve taken time off work to sail a boat back from Bermuda and loved watching the water every day with nothing else to see…

    Post # 13
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I like the balcony because I like to see what the weather is like and how I should dress for that days port. It’s hard for me to know how I’ll handle the heat of the day without feeling it. I also like eating breakfast out there and I’m a smoker so it’s nice to just go out on the balcony than go up on deck. If we hit a storm I like going out and watching the waves or lightning. I also like watching as we pull into port and as other ships leave we like to wave goodbye from the porch. Maybe it’s just me but there is something about the porch… I always want to be on it, I’d miss it if it wasn’t there.

    I guess just ask yourself how much time did you spend on it last time? How much would you miss it this time?

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee

    If you can technically afford it, then yes! Go for it. You will no doubt enjoy your cruise, but if you enjoyed a balcony before you will surely enjoy one again. It may be the difference between “that cruise was OK” and “wow, it was so enjoyable!”

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’ve cruised many times and I’m not in my room enough to a balcony. 

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    My husband and I went on a cruise for our honeymoon.  It was the first and only cruise I’ve ever been on.  I was skeptical about the need for a balcony since it was like $300 more expensive than just a regular room.  But we eventually decided on a suite with a balcony and thank goodness we did!  We discovered on our honeymoon cruise that we hate cruising.  We hate cruise activities, and all the people, and I was seasick the whole time, and we pretty much stayed in our room the entire time.  We ordered room service and sat on the balcony talking to each other.  So, not that we will ever go on a cruise again, but if we were to we would definitely get a balcony.

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