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When you are booking a cruise you will have the option of choosing an interior cabin, a cabin with a view, or a balcony cabin. And then , of course, there are suites which have balconies, a huge space, and often come with a butler. But for this post, I want to mention 5 of the biggest reasons for choosing at least a balcony stateroom. Yes, they do cost more, and you might be tempted to just get an ocean view, but here are some things to consider before you make that decision for your next cruise.

 

Better Views: Most balcony staterooms have floor to ceiling transparent doors which give you a much better view than just a window, whether it be a porthole or full sized window. And let’s face it, when you are cruising it’s all about taking in the sights. What better way to enjoy these sights than from the comfort of your own room where you can order free room service ( FYI- a few cruise lines have now started charging for room service..) and put your feet up.

 

Ocean Air Anytime You Want It - For me this is the biggest reason to get a balcony stateroom. Even if you can still see the ocean with a window in your stateroom, or imagine it with an interior stateroom, there is nothing like feeling the ocean breeze as you cruise from island to island. When the cruise ship really gets moving the breeze can be a little too intense, but even if you want to stay inside your cabin and leave the door open a little it’s nice to breathe in that ocean air. Most cruise ships want you to keep the door closed but this is mostly because they don’t want to pay for keeping a room cool if the door is open. Just make sure you turn the thermostat up or down depending on the temperature outside. This is the biggest difference IMO, between a balcony cabin & inside or window cabin..you cannot FEEL the sea, the breeze, salt air, sunshine, that feeling that you're on a cruise ship AT sea, not land based like in a hotel...

 

 

More Private- Don’t get me wrong. It’s nice to be able to lay out on the pool deck with a lounge chair and get some sun, but sometimes the pool deck can get a little too busy and crowded for my taste. That’s why it’s nice to be able to go back to your own private room and put your feet up where no one can bother you. You might have a few rowdy passengers in other balconies, but usually during the day it’s quite quiet and peaceful out there ..very relaxing to be sitting on your balcony gazing at the sea, while others cannot or are at the pool with perhaps thousands of others- no thanks, I'll just sit here sipping my cool beverage, put my feet up & enjoy the soothing calmness of the waters...

 

Easier to Wake Up- I know sometimes budgets don’t allow for an upgrade to a balcony stateroom on a cruise ship, but interior staterooms just don’t allow you to wake up naturally. It’s just as dark when you went to sleep as when you get up. I loved being able to wake up to the natural sunlight coming through the glass doors. There is no need for an alarm clock and you don’t feel detached from reality. I know some people say that inside cabins have less light in them & it's better for sleeping, but if you are a professional dark room sleeper, like me, you know what to do to make the cabin VERY dark..besides, I don't go on cruises to sleep, I go to enjoy the wonders of cruising, ports of call, great shows,etc.. In an inside cabin we had once, we got into our bathing suits on a sea day, & went up to the pool deck, only to find it was pouring! We were the only idiots out there…another time we missed breakfast because it was so dark, we thought it was still like 3 AM, so we kept going back to bed..I don’t like that- I like to sleep naturally and LOVE opening the curtains & seeing the wonders of the sea instead of the wonders of a closet-like cabin…just MHO..

 

Experience the Ocean Life More- On my last cruise my wife and I got to see dolphins swimming around the ship while we were sailing to one of our ports. They were right along the ship and jumping in and out of the water. It was quite a sight to see and we never would have seen this if we didn’t have a balcony. We spent a lot of time just leaning on the railing and looking out into the water, and spotted several other kinds of oceanic life, which was a wonderful part of our cruising experience. Not everyone will be able to afford a balcony stateroom, but if you are able to modify the budget enough to pay for one, it will be well worth it. The best balconies are on the back of the ship. They are bigger balconies and a little more private since you don’t have as many neighbors, but usually you will have to pay a little extra for these as well…to me, I’m on a cruise to experience the sea..what’s the point of being on a cruise ship if you can’t see the sea or the waves, or smell the salt air, feel the wind & sun on your face, have breakfast on your private balcony ( very cool & VERY romantic!!)…when I go to a hotel, I don’t ask for a room without a window, and in hotels don’t you LOVE when you have a balcony over looking the beach or water? I do..I’m on vacation, and I save for a balcony..if I can’t cruise in one, I won’t cruise..we work too hard to spend a week in a mole..BTW, we are not wealthy, but last year, I found balconies on the Oasis for only $125 more than insides on a 5 night Halloween cruise for my wife’s b’day…well worth it & she deserves it, don’t you?

 

Big Al

 

P.S.- These are just MY opinions & suggestions to those who are considering a balcony or their first cruise..I am not suggesting this is the only way to cruise, just a great way..for all you inside cabin bullies ( and there are a lot of you) , go ahead & start bashing me like all others do..I have become used to rudeness & intolerance by people who think that anything better than an inside cabin is foolish, and that those who wish to enjoy a balcony must be idiots..and that is your opinion, and you know what they say about opinions,lol...

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For all the reasons you listed, this is why I book balcony.

 

I took my first cruise in 1996 and it was a balcony - and I LOVED IT. I can remember sitting out there in the early mornings and dark nights enjoying the privacy, hearing the ocean.

 

So now that I am ending my 19 year cruise hiatus and have started booking more cruises, balcony is the only way to go for me!

 

(and I'll remember to keep the balcony door closed!)

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DH had noro on a cruise so I was also required to stay in the cabin for a couple of days.

If we had not had a balcony, I would have had BIG TIME "cabin fever"! :D

 

LuLu

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For all the reasons you listed, this is why I book balcony.

 

I took my first cruise in 1996 and it was a balcony - and I LOVED IT. I can remember sitting out there in the early mornings and dark nights enjoying the privacy, hearing the ocean.

 

So now that I am ending my 19 year cruise hiatus and have started booking more cruises, balcony is the only way to go for me!

 

(and I'll remember to keep the balcony door closed!)

 

DH had noro on a cruise so I was also required to stay in the cabin for a couple of days.

If we had not had a balcony, I would have had BIG TIME "cabin fever"! :D

 

LuLu

 

Thanks Ladies! Wow, Noro, that must have been awful! Betty: I too, love sitting at night & hearing the waves, especially when the moon is full & you can see a bit more of the whitecaps!!

 

Big Al

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First cruise...porthole (only discovered on day 3 when I finally pulled back the curtain on the wall and found it wasn't just for decoration! LOL)

 

Second and third cruises...oceanview. Nice rooms and enjoyed having the natural sunlight.

 

Fourth cruise...1st balcony. I've been sprung on them ever since. Nothing compared to being able to step out onto our own private verandah and enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean and sky without the need to go top deck if we weren't in a "mingling" mood.

 

We are embarking on our 5th cruise come January and I didn't even think about any cabin that didn't have balcony attached to it when booking. Even sweeter was the fact that without knowing at the time, I was setting us up in a "hump" cabin as well to which I'm very much looking forward too.

 

Inside cabins are fine for those who don't have the extra money or are just not into the balcony experience. However, unless you have had a balcony one can't speak as to what they aren't missing or what those who have one are "throwing away". Criticize me for spending my money on what I deem appropriate for my cruise experience all you want. Nothing compares unless you've got a suite.

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First cruise...porthole (only discovered on day 3 when I finally pulled back the curtain on the wall and found it wasn't just for decoration! LOL)

 

Second and third cruises...oceanview. Nice rooms and enjoyed having the natural sunlight.

 

Fourth cruise...1st balcony. I've been sprung on them ever since. Nothing compared to being able to step out onto our own private verandah and enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean and sky without the need to go top deck if we weren't in a "mingling" mood.

 

We are embarking on our 5th cruise come January and I didn't even think about any cabin that didn't have balcony attached to it when booking. Even sweeter was the fact that without knowing at the time, I was setting us up in a "hump" cabin as well to which I'm very much looking forward too.

 

Inside cabins are fine for those who don't have the extra money or are just not into the balcony experience. However, unless you have had a balcony one can't speak as to what they aren't missing or what those who have one are "throwing away". Criticize me for spending my money on what I deem appropriate for my cruise experience all you want. Nothing compares unless you've got a suite.

 

Pretty much same here. Now wouldn't sail without a balcony.

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First cruise...porthole (only discovered on day 3 when I finally pulled back the curtain on the wall and found it wasn't just for decoration! LOL)

 

Second and third cruises...oceanview. Nice rooms and enjoyed having the natural sunlight.

 

Fourth cruise...1st balcony. I've been sprung on them ever since. Nothing compared to being able to step out onto our own private verandah and enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean and sky without the need to go top deck if we weren't in a "mingling" mood.

 

We are embarking on our 5th cruise come January and I didn't even think about any cabin that didn't have balcony attached to it when booking. Even sweeter was the fact that without knowing at the time, I was setting us up in a "hump" cabin as well to which I'm very much looking forward too.

 

Inside cabins are fine for those who don't have the extra money or are just not into the balcony experience. However, unless you have had a balcony one can't speak as to what they aren't missing or what those who have one are "throwing away". Criticize me for spending my money on what I deem appropriate for my cruise experience all you want. Nothing compares unless you've got a suite.

 

Pretty much same here. Now wouldn't sail without a balcony.

 

Thanks, both of you..glad you mentioned that some people who NEVER have had a balcony say things like ,"no need to have one", or "you're only in the cabin to sleep & shower", or "won't pay extra for it"..clearly, they do NOT know what they are missing..I have cruised 31 times on all but Costa & MSC, in all 4 categories: inside, window, balcony & suite...nothing beats a balcony & nothing is more boring than an inside cabin IMO..I know- I have been in one..BTW,DEESESCAPE, you will LOVE the hump cabin..I have done 4 of them..great views!!

 

Big Al

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Let's face it. There are some people that are only in their cabins to sleep and shower.

 

To me, though, my cabin is my home away from home. There is very little I participate in on the ship. The ship is not my 'destination' (which is why I don't go on of the mega ships). So to me the balcony provides my quiet, private out door space. I love getting up in the morning and going out in my nightgown (or if already in port with a robe on LOL).

 

I love sitting out there and watching the water, reading, napping. It's our own special space. :)

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Pretty much same here. Now wouldn't sail without a balcony.

 

Me neither. I don't begrudge those who prefer inside cabins or OV and don't make a judgment for or against their personal preference. We balcony lovers have discovered for ourselves and preferences that a balcony enhances our own experience not tear down or belittle someone else because this is how we choose to cruise and save for the extra addition it lends to our vacations.

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Thanks, both of you..glad you mentioned that some people who NEVER have had a balcony say things like ,"no need to have one", or "you're only in the cabin to sleep & shower", or "won't pay extra for it"..clearly, they do NOT know what they are missing..I have cruised 31 times on all but Costa & MSC, in all 4 categories: inside, window, balcony & suite...nothing beats a balcony & nothing is more boring than an inside cabin IMO..I know- I have been in one..BTW,DEESESCAPE, you will LOVE the hump cabin..I have done 4 of them..great views!!

 

Big Al

 

Thanks Big Al. I'm soooo excited for the hump cabin! The icing on the cake will be if I can talk our room attendant into getting us a lounge chair! LOL I know my chances are at best 50/50 but I'm going for it. Even if we don't snag the cherry on top so to speak I'm going to enjoy every single second I can of that fabulous balcony on Deck 7. I've already got my first breakfast on the balcony already planned thanks to you!:)

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Let's face it. There are some people that are only in their cabins to sleep and shower.

 

To me, though, my cabin is my home away from home. There is very little I participate in on the ship. The ship is not my 'destination' (which is why I don't go on of the mega ships). So to me the balcony provides my quiet, private out door space. I love getting up in the morning and going out in my nightgown (or if already in port with a robe on LOL).

 

I love sitting out there and watching the water, reading, napping. It's our own special space. :)

 

GREAT points Diane! I have been saying this for 5 years now on CC, but get attacked always by inside cabin bullies..they claim they are never in their cabin..I wouldn't be either if I had an inside cabin- what for? 4 walls? to sleep?..I am like you, I LOVE coming back to my cabin & having a little bit of heaven right outside just for me & my wife!!

 

Big Al

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Me neither. I don't begrudge those who prefer inside cabins or OV and don't make a judgment for or against their personal preference. We balcony lovers have discovered for ourselves and preferences that a balcony enhances our own experience not tear down or belittle someone else because this is how we choose to cruise and save for the extra addition it lends to our vacations.

 

What bothers me are people who have never even tried a balcony..my opinion is if you haven't tried it, don't knock it...don't say Ruth Chris is the best steakhouse if that's the only one you've tried..you also must try the Capital Grill & Morton's to compare..your opinion is INVALID if you can't make a comparison based on experience..same with hotels..if you say you think Holiday Inns are the best, then admit to NEVER trying another chain, your opinions are not a valid one as far as comparisons go..it's fine to say you LIKE Ruth Chris or the HI hotels, but don't claim they are the best if you've never experienced the competition...JMHO......I don't begrudge, just prefer...

 

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Thanks Big Al. I'm soooo excited for the hump cabin! The icing on the cake will be if I can talk our room attendant into getting us a lounge chair! LOL I know my chances are at best 50/50 but I'm going for it. Even if we don't snag the cherry on top so to speak I'm going to enjoy every single second I can of that fabulous balcony on Deck 7. I've already got my first breakfast on the balcony already planned thanks to you!:)

 

Tell your cabin steward you will give him a $20 tip if he brings the lounge chair..often it is not allowed, but you can try..what ship are you going on?

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We tried an OV once...NEVER AGAIN! The least is a balcony...with a mini-suite/JS being our preference. I HATE electric lights in the daytime...HATE THEM...HATE! I need natural light...maybe I'm a reverse vampire...I don't know, but being in a totally dark room is not my idea of a vacation!

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Tell your cabin steward you will give him a $20 tip if he brings the lounge chair..often it is not allowed, but you can try..what ship are you going on?

 

We're going on Allure right after New Year's! I've got my "lounge chair request fund" all ready.

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What bothers me are people who have never even tried a balcony..my opinion is if you haven't tried it, don't knock it...don't say Ruth Chris is the best steakhouse if that's the only one you've tried..you also must try the Capital Grill & Morton's to compare..your opinion is INVALID if you can't make a comparison based on experience..same with hotels..if you say you think Holiday Inns are the best, then admit to NEVER trying another chain, your opinions are not a valid one as far as comparisons go..it's fine to say you LIKE Ruth Chris or the HI hotels, but don't claim they are the best if you've never experienced the competition...JMHO......I don't begrudge, just prefer...

 

Big Al

 

I prefer too. The CC Etiquette Police have their moments which I take for what they are when it concerns someone else's choice

/preferrence...that's their opinion. Everyone cruises on the same ship but with an individual personalized agenda. I would never tell anyone how to enjoy their cruising experience or knock their choices for their preferred needs to enhance the enjoyment.

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We tried an OV once...NEVER AGAIN! The least is a balcony...with a mini-suite/JS being our preference. I HATE electric lights in the daytime...HATE THEM...HATE! I need natural light...maybe I'm a reverse vampire...I don't know, but being in a totally dark room is not my idea of a vacation!

 

A JS with balcony will be my next bucket list goal!

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I have yet to take my first cruise, but I can imagine that if I were in an inside cabin, I would only be in there to sleep and shower too. I would feel too claustrophobic and I wouldn't see it as a place to relax and unwind. I booked balconies for my upcoming cruises for all of the reasons you mentioned. My husband and I are not partiers (we don't even drink), so I'm predicting we will want a quiet place to retreat to. Besides, we are not in the position to take more than one vacation a year, so we might as well splurge on the one we do take!

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We're going on Allure right after New Year's! I've got my "lounge chair request fund" all ready.

 

We were just on the Oasis last Oct for my wife's b'day & there were 4 couples, 2 of us had hump cabins on deck 9...spectacular!! I'm very jealous!!!

 

Big Al

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A JS with balcony will be my next bucket list goal!

 

Yes, we are on a JS in Nov on the Adventure of The Seas doing a Southern Caribb..I nailed this cabin for only $2000! A JS on the hump!! My wife LOVES the walk-in closet & balcony is 85 SF... It pays to be Diamond & a cruise agent,lol....

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I have yet to take my first cruise, but I can imagine that if I were in an inside cabin, I would only be in there to sleep and shower too. I would feel too claustrophobic and I wouldn't see it as a place to relax and unwind. I booked balconies for my upcoming cruises for all of the reasons you mentioned. My husband and I are not partiers (we don't even drink), so I'm predicting we will want a quiet place to retreat to. Besides, we are not in the position to take more than one vacation a year, so we might as well splurge on the one we do take!

 

Good reasoning...my Dad used to say, "be cheap at home..pay your bills, save your $$, save for your kid's education ( if you have them), and take at least ONE good vacation every year & but don't be cheap on your vacation"...I try to do that always...we only cruise if we can swing a t least a balcony, or a Junior/ Mini suite if the price is good & we can swing it ...BTW, inside cabins are claustrophobic IMO, but my wife is OK in that sense..you are right about the retreat..it is a sanctuary IMO...nothing beats seeing the sea, blue waters, sun, sky, nature,etc... thunder storms BTW, are AMAZING watching from your balcony, as long as they are a decent distance from the ship...truly spectacular!!

 

Big Al

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Very nice suggestions by the original poster.

 

Keith

 

Thanks, Keith, you always are a supportive poster!!!

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Ignore them, don't ever book balconies any of you Never.

 

If everyone wants a balcony I'll probably have to pay more for mine.

 

They are also highly addictive, to see hear and smell the ocean, that's why I cruise.

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Ignore them, don't ever book balconies any of you Never.

 

If everyone wants a balcony I'll probably have to pay more for mine.

 

They are also highly addictive, to see hear and smell the ocean, that's why I cruise.

 

I wrote in my thread called "Thanks, cruise ship balcony, a commentary", which you can find also in this thread called "cabin selection tips" around page 3 or 4 now ( it has 45,000+ hits, most ever for a balcony post on CC) , that balcony cabins have a higher satisfaction rate than chocolate at 95% ( chocolate is 93%), and that the late Robert Palmer said it perfectly in his song, "Addicted To Love" from 1986, except I say "Addicted To Balconies" instead, lol.. nice post & comments!!

 

Big Al

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I wrote in my thread called "Thanks, cruise ship balcony, a commentary", which you can find also in this thread called "cabin selection tips" around page 3 or 4 now ( it has 45,000+ hits, most ever for a balcony post on CC) , that balcony cabins have a higher satisfaction rate than chocolate at 95% ( chocolate is 93%), and that the late Robert Palmer said it perfectly in his song, "Addicted To Love" from 1986, except I say "Addicted To Balconies" instead, lol.. nice post & comments!!

 

Big Al

 

 

Read it Al.

 

(Un) fortunately first cruise we got a balcony, hooked there and then.

 

Mini-suite is no good to me, can't climb in and out of a bath.

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Read it Al.

 

(Un) fortunately first cruise we got a balcony, hooked there and then.

 

Mini-suite is no good to me, can't climb in and out of a bath.

 

You are lucky to have never cruised in an inside cabin..in 1996, my wife & I took our 2nd cruise on RCI's Majesty Of The Seas..a friend had a wife who worked for RCI, and they got us a great deal for a cabin for $325 pp for the one week Western Caribb cruise..when we walked into the 119 SF cabin, I kept looking around & my wife said, "what are you looking for?"..I said, the rest of the cabin!!"...Geez, it was tight! I knocked my 104lb wife over 7-8x at least in the cabin ( I'm 220+, hence my name) because it was so tight inthere..we realized that we coudn't get ready for dinner with both us in the main cabin, so one of us had to shower, while the other one waited, then when one got out, the other would go in while person # 1 got dressed...ridiculous! Today, some of the insides can be 150-175 SF, which is not too bad..but I'll take a nice balcony /Jr. Suite anyday..we work too hard to spend our cruise vacation in a broom closet....

 

Big Al

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A couple of years ago I sailed in an inside cabin but it was just me. Some friends from the other side of the country were taking a cruise and I decided to join them -- hadn't seen them for a while -- and go cheap since I was paying double.

 

Worked out fine with just me in the cabin. But I couldn't imagine doing it with my husband. As Big Al said, we'd be bumping into each other all the time. And on top of that, this cabin had fold down bunks for two additional people! Definitely for cruisers who spend no time in their cabin. LOL

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Balcony would be my preference, but I'm still deciding if it is worth the $1000 ($500 per person) price difference for the sailing we want.

Western Med on the Epic in April. First time cruiser.

I'm watching for sales and specials, but I'm getting anxious to book it.

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On my first cruise, I booked an OV. On my second cruise, I insisted on a balcony. I loved it.... Loved, loved, loved it! But (and hopefully no one jumps me for saying this) I really and truly was never in the room long enough to justify booking it again. My best friend, however, that's where she stayed. She is hooked to balconies after that experience. On our third cruise, my best friend said we should try interior just to see. It is seriously the best sleep I've ever had! I have really bad insomnia. I still can't sleep in past 5 or 6 a.m. but I sleep sooooo good. So I've chosen interiors ever since.

 

I'll probably book a balcony on the cruises where my best friend is my cabin mate. Otherwise, it is interiors for me bc of the quality of sleep. :D Balconies are seriously great though! I agree with what everyone said. But I'm an on the go kind of person and my best friend is the type who knows how to really kick back and relax. Hehe I see both sides of the coin on this one. :)

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Big Al, I'm new to cruising! Did one just a year ago and chose balcony for all your same reasons! We loved it! We cruised ncl getaway! We have a cruise scheduled now for the escape leaving end of January 2016! What is a hump room? Not sure how to choose the right cabin! We lucked out getting a spa balcony right in the middle of last ship! Though the aft seemed appealing yet farther from the spa!

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Big Al, I'm new to cruising! Did one just a year ago and chose balcony for all your same reasons! We loved it! We cruised ncl getaway! We have a cruise scheduled now for the escape leaving end of January 2016! What is a hump room? Not sure how to choose the right cabin! We lucked out getting a spa balcony right in the middle of last ship! Though the aft seemed appealing yet farther from the spa!

 

Great news!! A HUMP cabin is one of those on the "hump" or "bump"..they stick out a bit & therefore give you unobstructed views of aft & forward..they are great! If you can get one on the hump, GET IT!! Any questions, let me know..I will be hopefully doing a tour of the Escape in December..will report back when I do!!

 

Big Al

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We used to book OV before there were balconies. Now we book balconies. However, this past weekend we were on an overnight and we booked the inside cabin ($29 pp). Now it was OK for one night, but I don't think I could do it for more than one night. We were only in our cabin for maybe a total of 30 minutes while not sleeping, but something was missing.

 

For those that enjoy inside...Please enjoy your cabin. For those that choose balonies...I will be joining you.

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Balcony would be my preference, but I'm still deciding if it is worth the $1000 ($500 per person) price difference for the sailing we want.

Western Med on the Epic in April. First time cruiser.

I'm watching for sales and specials, but I'm getting anxious to book it.

 

 

I took balcony on my first cruise and since then my wife and me decided to go interior on all next 10 cruises.

 

We were 23 years old at that first cruise, now we are 30. We stay in the cabin just for sleep, shower and "dating" - and for that the interior cabin is perfect!!

 

We love to go out for the boat late night parties and events, then be "naturally" wakes up in the morning would not be a pleasure. And during the afternoons onboard we usually look out for sports activities.

 

So you must match your cabin with your cruise style… and your habits!!

And after all, be aware that you are going to have the same food, same entertainment, same ports of call as if you are in a balcony stateroom.

 

 

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I took balcony on my first cruise and since then my wife and me decided to go interior on all next 10 cruises.

 

We were 23 years old at that first cruise, now we are 30. We stay in the cabin just for sleep, shower and "dating" - and for that the interior cabin is perfect!!

 

We love to go out for the boat late night parties and events, then be "naturally" wakes up in the morning would not be a pleasure. And during the afternoons onboard we usually look out for sports activities.

 

So you must match your cabin with your cruise style… and your habits!!

And after all, be aware that you are going to have the same food, same entertainment, same ports of call as if you are in a balcony stateroom.

 

 

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YOU stay in your cabin just for sleep ,shower, etc..many others see their cabin as a haven or retreat from the rest of the ship..in an inside cabin, you cannot smell the sea, see the waves, see the sunsets or sunrise, have a drink or breakfast, or just chill while watching a rainbow after a magnificent shower at sea, all ON YOUR OWN PRIVATE LITTLE PIECE OF PRIVACY...plus, I know soooo many people who when they walked into their balcony cabin & saw the sunshine coming into their cabin, opened the balcony doors and said, "wow- fantastic!!!"" On the other hand, NO ONE I know ever told me they opened their dark & sullen inside cabin and said, "wow, this is fantastic! Very cool...". YOU DON'T FEEL A CONNECTION in an inside cabin to the sea, because you're not part of the sea experience like you do when you're sitting on a balcony..sorry, you just don't...and not everyone wants to get dressed and go amongst thousands of people on decks to see what you should & can be able to see from your cabin- the magic of the sea! Inside cabins are fine- but exciting & thrilling? Are you kidding???

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Hi Big Al! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Question...when you've had a hump cabin have you been able to secure a lounge chair if not JS or above? We are going on Allure and I've read some yay's and nay's both ways so just wondered what your experience in this regard was like. Won't change my enjoyment of my hump cabin (its a balcony so will be great no matter what) if not feasible. Thanks. :)

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Hi Big Al! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Question...when you've had a hump cabin have you been able to secure a lounge chair if not JS or above? We are going on Allure and I've read some yay's and nay's both ways so just wondered what your experience in this regard was like. Won't change my enjoyment of my hump cabin (its a balcony so will be great no matter what) if not feasible. Thanks. :)

 

Unfortunately, what you read seems true...some have been able to get their cabin steward to bring a lounge chair to their cabin, and some stewards will say they will get in trouble if they do...good thing is , if you have a JS or above, you will have a lounger on your balcony, no need to get one..FYI- just before you sail, call RCI & see if there still are JS's available & see if you can get either a free upgrade ( rare) OR pay a little extra $$ for one- I have done that & it worked out great..sometimes for as little as $80 PP for the WHOLE cruise, you can get one, but FIRST, call RCI & see what's available & how much...when are you sailing?

 

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Unfortunately, what you read seems true...some have been able to get their cabin steward to bring a lounge chair to their cabin, and some stewards will say they will get in trouble if they do...good thing is , if you have a JS or above, you will have a lounger on your balcony, no need to get one..FYI- just before you sail, call RCI & see if there still are JS's available & see if you can get either a free upgrade ( rare) OR pay a little extra $$ for one- I have done that & it worked out great..sometimes for as little as $80 PP for the WHOLE cruise, you can get one, but FIRST, call RCI & see what's available & how much...when are you sailing?

 

Big Al

 

Thank you for the follow-up. We're leaving January 3rd. The final payment date will be here in about 2 weeks. Should I check on JS upgrade for cost then or wait closer to sail date?

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Thank you for the follow-up. We're leaving January 3rd. The final payment date will be here in about 2 weeks. Should I check on JS upgrade for cost then or wait closer to sail date?

 

Wait till a few weeks out, but find out NOW how many JS 's are left..if there are only a few, or 4-5, you probably will be out of luck..BUT, if they say there are "plenty" or "many" left ( like 10-15 or more), you have a shot..you also may want to ask how much for the upgrade now..try & get a hump JS on decks 7,8,9 & 10..they have the biggest balconies other than aft ones...good luck & keep me informed...

 

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Hi Big Al.

 

Okay...so I called RCCL to inquire as to the cost of upgrading to a JS (they have about 10 left unsold and only 2 on the hump - floors 6 and 8). I was quoted a $3,500 cost to upgrade. A bit too much for our budget. Any other suggestions?:)

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