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 article, 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.
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 and put your feet up.
Ocean Air Anytime You Want It
For me this is the biggest reason to get a balcony stateroom. Sure you can see the ocean with an ocean view cabin, or even just imagine it from an interior stateroom, but there is nothing like feeling the ocean breeze as you cruise from island to island. That fresh ocean air is therapeutic and it’s just one step away from your bed. You could enjoy this view and ocean sound from a lounger on the pool deck, but it might be drowned out by music or other passengers. Keep in mind that you should not leave the balcony doors open. Cruise lines usually disallow this anyway, but if you leave the door open it will create air pressure that will slam the main door of your cabin when someone goes in and out and warms up the cabin and hallway, making the AC run overtime.
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 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.
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.
So what do you think? Have you ever been in a balcony stateroom? 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.