Posted January 22nd, 2017, 10:30 AM
I don't know about that.
The first cruise I booked was a balcony on P&O, but most of the subsequent cruises have been in inside cabins.
I found inside cabins were not at all claustrophobic and for almost everything you use a cabin for you don't need a window or a balcony. In fact I positively enjoy the pitch black you get at night.
I also found the amount of time spent using the balcony was quite minimal, but obviously that depends on the cruise and the individuals.
Now that is not to say I will never book anything else (I have), but it has to be at a very good price.
Of course, we are all entitled to our own opinions, yourself included, but I think you are in a minority with this view.
I suspect that, for most people, they choose an inside cabin because of cost and not because of preference. I don't use the balcony much. I don't sunbathe for example. But I absolutely love the floor to ceiling panoramic outlook, constantly changing scenery, seeing ships, whales, dolphins, watching the comings and goings when in ports, the sail ins and sail outs without having to get dressed and go out to a public deck etc etc etc
Of course, if it was a case of an inside cabin or not cruising I would take the inside cabin, but it would always be my last choice.
On our very first cruise, when we struggled to afford it, we booked an inside cabin. Thankfully, we were upgraded to an outside and the sea views 24/7 were fantastic, so we said we would always book an outside on future cruises - which we did (so the ploy worked on us).
We used outside 4 berth cabins until the kids got to about 10 when we found that standard cabins were too small. At that point, we skipped standard balacony cabins and moved up to Superior Deluxe Balcony cabins, where the extra space and sofa was much appreciated. But the undoubted highlight was the balcony. After a couple of those, we splashed out on a suite (we paid for it, it wasn't an upgrade) and have booked them since. Sadly, we are now having to utilise Accessible Cabins, which does mean that we can afford more cruises but we would stick with suites if it was practical.
Of course we are all different and thank goodness for that. But I maintain that the majority of people who receive an upgrade (and I mean a proper upgrade, not a different grade of the same type of cabin) really enjoy the extra space, or having a balcony, and would aspire to book that in future if their finances allow. P&O is a sharp commercial business and the upgrade programme isn't just to flatter people - it's a carefully thought through marketing ploy with a purpose. It would cost them a lot less to sail with empty suites than empty inside cabins, but the fact that they bump people up is a very smart move.
P&O Cruises Experience – 120 nights over 10 cruises (Oriana x 2, Oceana x 2, Azura, Ventura x 2, Britannia x 2, Aurora)
P&O Cruises to Come – 57 nights over 5 cruises (Aurora x 2, Britannia, Arcadia)
674(A) Oriana 14/5/96. Southampton to Istanbul. 8 nights. Outside Cabin.
E620 Oceana 11/8/06. Mediterranean. 14 nights. Outside Cabin.
E720 Oceana 12/8/07. Canaries. 13 nights. Outside Cabin.
X912 Oriana 24/7/09. Baltic. 14 nights. Outside Cabin.
A118 Azura 5/8/11. Mediterranean. 16 nights. Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabin.
N321 Ventura 18/8/13. Mediterranean. 14 nights. Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabin.
B517 Britannia 15/8/15. Mediterranean. 14 nights. Suite.
B622 Britannia 23/7/16. Norwegian Fjords. 7 nights. Suite.
N703 Ventura 15/2/17. Amsterdam & Bruges. 4 nights. Penthouse Suite.
R705 Aurora 13/5/17. Baltic. 16 nights. Accessible Balcony Cabin.