A balcony is amazing to have, I have had a balcony a couple of times before and I do enjoy them immensely. However, I don’t necessarily think a balcony is a ‘must have’.
If you’re anything like me you’ll want to save a few pennies and normally end up in an inside cabin. There are a few situations where I would definitely consider a balcony though. It really depends on a couple of things:
- Money. This one will come as no surprise to you. The difference between an inside cabin and a balcony can be a lot, sometimes enough to buy another cruise! Taking advantage of cruise line offers can make this price hike more affordable. If money is no object though, have a balcony. You don’t need me to tell you to treat yourself!
- Itinerary. There are a couple of itineraries where I would definitely try to get a balcony. Sailing out of New York harbour should not something to be missed!
- Weather. If you’re going somewhere where it’s likely to be raining the balcony can probably be missed… I wouldn’t get a balcony for a cruise up and down the channel in November for example!
It can often be hard to decide what to do so I’ve made you all a handy little flowchart… (aren’t I helpful?)
There are ofcourse a huge group of cruisers who wouldn’t dream of cruising in anything less than a balcony. I’m not sure what world these people live in.. but it isn’t mine (sadly). For most of us money is finite so don’t waste it on a balcony cabin if you’re not going to use it and appreciate it!
Take it from me, you will still have an amazing time if you chose an inside cabin. It is a little different but I don’t think that inside cabins are a bad thing at all. Check out my post here for more information on this: Inside cabins, are they claustrophobic?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments, do you NEED a balcony when you cruise?