Posted August 22nd, 2018, 09:43 AM
Would you recommend a balcony?
I'm confident that nearly everyone is going to say "Yes. In fact, you need Aqua class or a suite!". Nothing wrong with that
- but from my long history on this forum, the majority of posters wouldn't (or have never) cruised any other way.
We have plenty of money to book those cabins, but don't. We book insides or OV - WHATEVER is necessary to get the perks. Essentially, we book whatever is the cheapest arrangement to get us on the ship, including guarantees. 25+ cruises, 7 different cruise lines, all very satisfactory. Only once, we were assigned to the absolute worst cabin on the ship. For a week, meh, big deal.
We do not suffer from sea sickness. We've had minimal issues with noise on today's better insulated ships. We do not suffer from claustrophobia. We have been upgraded several times to balconies on different itineraries, and barely used it. We use the cabin to sleep, nap, change clothes.
No matter WHICH balcony you choose, the views are better, more expansive, someplace else on the ship. If we were on our balcony, we would have missed many memorable views of dolphins, whales, flying fish, magnificent birds, glaciers caving, etc.
ONE exception: Norwegian Fjords cruise last May. I booked a GTY balcony. Again, we spent very little time on the balcony - but the floor to ceiling window truly added to that trip. The never ending daylight was amazing. Wouldn't have missed it for the world.
I'll also add that these Asian cruises tend to be port intensive. You'll be off the ship A LOT. Personally, I don't want to pay for a cabin that's empty most of the time.
just my 2 cents.