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Having had balcony on past cruises, would I go insane in inside cabin?

Having had balcony on past cruises, would I go insane in inside cabin?

Oct 19th, 2008, 04:45 AM
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Having had balcony on past cruises, would I go insane in inside cabin?

Expenses higher than expected this year - can still afford some travel, but as winter approaches in New England one option considering is inside cabin on winter cruise. Dates flexible as is itinerary.

Two years ago had balcony for first time - prior to that not sure if we were cruise people, but this made the trip. Anyone happily downgrade from balcony to inside cabin and still enjoyed the trip?
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Oct 19th, 2008, 06:25 AM
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All personal preference. We always book the inside cabin and work for an upgrade. Got to a balcony once and, truthfully, did not think it was worth the extra cost if we had to pay for it. We spend so little in the room that the balcony is only good for drying clothes. But for someone who likes to take meals in their cabin and hang out more in the room, then a balcony may be critical. Only you can judge.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 07:24 AM
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There are two big advantages of an inside cabin.

1. Because it is pitch black when the light goes out you sleep like a baby.
2. You don,t get people keeping you awake all night on the next balcony or have cigarette smoke drifting into your cabin.

The only disadvantage is not knowing what the weather is like outside when you wake up. To alleviate that I switch on the TV, look at the bridge camera channel then stroll off for breakfast.

We only use the cabin for sleeping, showering and changing. The price difference between a balcony and inside is about the size of my 14 day bar bill.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 09:38 AM
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I have done the inside and the oceanview and totally loved the oceanview. Not sure I would get a balcony's worth, so I don't even wonder...a good compromise is a Deck 3-4 oceanview.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 05:44 PM
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We have done one inside cabin and I will never do one again. It was awful, small, dark and ac did not work well. Spend the money and do a window or balcony.
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Oct 20th, 2008, 05:11 AM
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We've had every catagory of cabin from inside to balcony.

The main difference that most people don't pick-up-on is that with a balcony, your room becomes a big part of your trip. You spend time there viewing, dining, etc. With an inside room its a place to sleep, shower, change, etc.

So ask yourself "can I enjoy the cruise if the room is only for basic use?"

If it were me and the choice was inside room....or no cruise...I'd do it in a heartbeat.

And as one other poster mentioned, you could get an upgrade to an outside room, etc.
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Oct 20th, 2008, 05:44 AM
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I do not like an inside cabin, but for the reason that another poster mentioned as a plus - the total darkness. I like the light to wake me up in the morning and to be able to see outside. I found that I had to set my alarm (something I hate to do on vacation) when we had an inside cabin because I was sleeping too late.
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Oct 20th, 2008, 06:20 AM
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If I understood you correctly, you said the balcony made the trip for you. In that case, you probably won't be happy with an inside. We like sleeping in the dark in an inside cabin, but we also spend very little time in our cabin. We have had balconies and didn't think we got our money's worth. We have a balcony cabin booked for a 10 day in January. We do plan on hanging out there more often as I am trying to avoid wrinkles and skin cancer at this stage in my life!! If you can't have a balcony, I don't think an oceanview would be a good substitute for you, either. It's just a window!
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Oct 20th, 2008, 06:36 AM
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I tried an inside once, and never again - would rather wait and go when I could afford something better. We love balconies (I think we must spend a lot more time in our cabin than other people because cabin is important to us), but would take an outside cabin, sans balcony, if that was the only way we could go. Never an inside one though. I need to know that the world is still out there.
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Oct 20th, 2008, 07:19 AM
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Thanks for the thoughtful responses. I guess I am in the group that spends above average amount of time in cabin - even if it is just for relaxing and reading. When ship was at sea I liked to be able to sit on balcony and read rather than fight for a deck chair in common areas. Also discovered the joy of room service coffee in AM on own balcony.

So it seems for me it is either find a more affordable vacation, find extra money for balcony, or wait.

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Oct 20th, 2008, 07:45 AM
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gail-- how long is the cruise you ae thinking of?
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Oct 20th, 2008, 08:39 AM
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Gail, maybe you can get less expensive window cabin? If you're in doubt, maybe inside is not for you?

I was certainly glad to have connection to the outside world even in the obstructed. Had a porthole going south, it was fine.

It's not the balcony, it's the sunlight! For a balcony you can go to the promenade or pool area.
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Oct 20th, 2008, 11:57 AM
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Faina - considered your options as well. But I think I have narrowed it down that what I like is the ability to have relative solitude on a balcony and drink coffee in my jammies in the AM

As far as length - TBD - likely a week. Went on a 3-day cruise once and it was a bunch of young drunks (I think I prefer old drunks)
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Oct 21st, 2008, 05:40 AM
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I'm with you. We love having juice and coffee delivered to our room early am and spend time waking up on our balcony. We also close our day with drinks on our balcony and if there is a whole day at sea I spend a lot of the first part of the day in my jammies reading on our balcony and on those days I have breakfast delivered.

Having said that, on our last cruise, because of the price, we took an inside cabin. After the first night I begged for anything that had light!! I absolutely could not stand waking up and having total darkness!! Hated, hated it. We were upgraded to a outside room and it was ok. So, if I had to save money or not go, I would take an outside room but I would not go if I had to take an inside.
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Oct 21st, 2008, 07:32 AM
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Gail, I agree with wanting a balcony for all the reasons you mentioned, especially the part about getting room service and enjoying the sunshine on the balcony rather than in the public areas. I spend A LOT of time in my room on sea days. Of course I wander about the ship, go to lectures and art auctions, shop, go to the movies and casino, etc., but still delight in the solitude of my own balcony for a break.

I would never, ever, pay for a window. It's not the view, it's the atmosphere of being outside. If it were between a window and an inside, I'd save the money and take an inside.

In my 10 cruises, I've had two insides - one because it was the last minute and a great deal and that was all that was available, and the other because I thought I'd give an inside a try and hope for an upgrade which I never got - but I don't think I would ever do it again.

Find a way to scrimp on something else, and get the balcony.


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We don't like the inside cabins, too dark, we like the balconies, but have been unfortunate enough to have had smokers on the neighbouring balconies and once on the balcony below, making it very unpleasant to sit out.
We stick to Oceanview cabins.
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Jan 16th, 2009, 03:31 PM
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We had a balcony on our last cruise for the first time. I don't think that I will cruise again without aone.
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Jan 18th, 2009, 04:57 PM
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Many of you mentioned upgrades. How does one go about this? Are you paying for the upgrade or is it free? And at what point does one try to do this, before or during the cruise? I booked through travelocity not directly with the cruise line, don't know if that matters. Thanks in advance..
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Jan 18th, 2009, 06:09 PM
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Having worked for many years in an office WITHOUT WINDOWS.. I would never, ever take an inside cabin. Then I discovered balconies and a whole world opened up. I just love sitting out there and watching the sky or the water.. and the peacefulness of it all. Cruise ships are NOT filling up, prices are going downward and I think you can try to wheel and deal with the cruise lines and travel agencies.
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