5 Benefits to Having a Balcony Room on Your Cruise

When you are booking a cruise you will have the option of choosing an interior room, a room with a view, or a balcony room.  And then , of course, there are suites which have balconies, a huge space, and often come with a butler.  But for this article, I want to mention 5 of the biggest reasons for choosing at least a balcony room.  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 rooms 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 and put your feet up.

Ocean Air Anytime You Want It

For me this is the biggest reason to get a balcony room.  Even if you can still see the ocean with a window in your room, or imagine it with an interior room, 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.

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 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

Easier to Wake Up

I know sometimes budgets don’t allow for an upgrade to a balcony room on a cruise ship, but interior rooms 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 fee detached from reality.

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 room, 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.

So what do you think?  Have you ever been in a balcony room?  And what was your experience compares to interior or ocean view cabins?  Let us know in a comment below.  We would love to hear from you.


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  1. sally orsi says:

    I have a cruise booked on the Gem for May 5, 2012. I’m taking a huge leap of faith here. I took a Norwegian cruise in 2000 with my pregnant daughter. We booked a room with a window. It was okay, small, but adequate. The top deck bathroom was disgusting, went in to use it right after boarding and the toilet was FILLED to the top, and never changed throughout the entire cruise. The entertainment, dining and others things were fine, UNTIL we were getting close to pulling back into home port. It was very early in the morning, we were both still sleeping, and we woke up to the most disgusting, overpowering smell of gray water being emptied into the ocean. My daughter jumped to her feet, vomiting. I checked in the hallway to see if it smelled any better out there. I found several others guests in the corridor complaining. I got dressed and went to complain. The lady I talked to sent me to another lady who told me it wasn’t grey water. I have been an avid camper for 14 years, I clearly know what grey water smells like, but she insisted I was wrong. She offered to move us to another room! Really we’re getting off the ship in two hours. No we don’t want to change rooms. I felt like they really didn’t care about us at all. So anyway I’m going to give them another chance, hopefully I won’t be disappointed. I have since 2000, been on Carnival 3x and Disney 1x. Anybody else going on the May 5th cruise?

  2. Faith Kott says:

    We have been on two cruises in the last year, both on NCL ships. Both times we splurged for a balcony room and are so glad that we did! Amazing views, privacy, and the chance to enjoy the ocean with just the two of us. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Would love to try the balcony rooms on the back of the ship with more room sometime!

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