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For me it would be a balcony for the Caribbean, on a sea day you can sit in peace and quiet looking out to sea and on an evening sit in the balmy warmth and you see some lovely views.

Hello,we have friends who agree with OWT about allmost two for one. I dont agree though.Since we started cruising we have allways said if we cant afford a balcony we cant afford to cruise. I have ne

For me it would be an inside and spend money onboard or even better towards another cruise. You can see plenty of excellent views from many parts of the ship or in a bar with a drink.

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I did transatlantic on Arcadia to the Caribbean and had a balcony, whilst we were only over there for a few days I must admit that it was worth having the balcony. Not only for just sitting out but as others say it is nice to escape  but also the wildlife that you see is also worth it. I saw a breaching whale and not many others did. However, it does depend on what you want but for me the £350 would be worth it as opposed to spending it on drink or tat in the shops.

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As most have said definitely go for a balcony, especially in the Caribbean. It's lovely to have your own private space to sit and enjoy reading, or a glass of wine. You can also keep an eye out for dolphins, flying fish or turtles. Have I talked you into it? ;)

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Only had a balcony once but found we only used it to 'air' trainers after a gym session so a definite waste of money for us.  Caribbean is generally a no-brainer for weather - so a balcony isn't required to know what you need to wear & if you're a bit of a 'people watcher' then open decks are brill.  It's a very subjective question because you're the only one who can decide the value to you.

We've literally just disembarked Oriana & one dinner companion told us that they'd never book a balcony again because they are no longer allowed to smoke out there (obviously a factor for them).

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It all depends the type of cruise you are on and what your expectations are. Personally if the cruise is a port hopper (different port every day) then you may find an inside acceptable but if you have days at sea you may want a balcony to enjoy the relaxation away from the pool. Also looking at price you can usually do 2 cruises with an inside for the price of 1 with a balcony. It's all down to personal choice.

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Hello,we have friends who agree with OWT about allmost two for one.

I dont agree though.Since we started cruising we have allways said if we cant afford a balcony we cant afford to cruise.

I have never agreed with this thought that you only change and sleep in a cabin.

There is nothing better than getting away from people enjoying themselves and having fun than retreating to the sanctum of your balcony.

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Hello,we have friends who agree with OWT about allmost two for one.

I dont agree though.Since we started cruising we have allways said if we cant afford a balcony we cant afford to cruise.

I have never agreed with this thought that you only change and sleep in a cabin.

There is nothing better than getting away from people enjoying themselves and having fun than retreating to the sanctum of your balcony.

Rodger.

I quite agree Rodger, I'm a people watcher and I like to sit in the Crow's nest and mingle with people. I like to sit outside on the Prom deck and have the odd glass of wine too. We do like longer cruises though and I cannot imagine what it would be like not to have our own little private space to chill out, read and have a glass of wine. I have read so many times people say they prefer to have more cruises than a more expensive cabin. For me I prefer quality to quantity and there can be no comparison between an inside cabin and one with one's own personal space to sit and enjoy.

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It all depends the type of cruise you are on and what your expectations are. Personally if the cruise is a port hopper (different port every day) then you may find an inside acceptable but if you have days at sea you may want a balcony to enjoy the relaxation away from the pool. Also looking at price you can usually do 2 cruises with an inside for the price of 1 with a balcony. It's all down to personal choice.

 

Well good afternoon OldWorldCruiser.

 

I was looking at flights to Thailand this morning and discovered I can do 5 flights in economy for the same price as business class.

 

Hmnn, five flights  to Thailand?  wink.png wink.png

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