Posted March 8th, 2012, 04:37 PM
We sailed the Baltics in late July and had glorious weather. IMO the balcony is worth it for the pleasure of the sail through the Stockholm archepelago. It was almost silent as we sailed past hundred of small islands on the approach into the port - truely magical!
we actually saw one side going in, the other side when leaving - don't think we missed much
we could sit in comfort, hear the commentary and use our binoculars/camera whenever.
You were lucky. Most ships sail thru very early in the morning as they dock in Stockholm before 8. That means getting up about 4 AM to view the sail in. sorry, but I would rather sit on deck and sleep a bit more.
If you sleep a bit more, then you miss the early scenery sailing in to Stockholm, with or without a balcony.
It is not as though those who choose to sit out on deck get to see it a few hours later than those who view it from their balcony.
To me it is worth getting up early for those spectacular views that I can't see anywhere else. I figure I can always sleep a bit more at home.
A big advantage to having a balcony is that you can start enjoying that beautiful scenery as soon as you open your eyes. It is especially great for those who are not the "up and atem" types, the ones who are still half asleep until they have that first cup of coffee.
It is wonderful being able to sit there in your bathrobe enjoying the views in privacy from the moment you wake up, taking your own sweet time instead of rushing to get dressed and comb your hair first to go scurrying out to a public area for the views.
If you have a balcony, you really get the best of both because you can still go out for the views from the public decks whenever you wish.
Without a balcony, you don't get that choice.
But on some sailings, the excessive cost of a balcony can be prohibitive for many people.