Balcony vs Inside cabin – the ultimate debate continues
Today, we’re pitting balcony cabins against inside cabins. Which should you book? Ultimately it’s your call, but we have some food for thought for you. If you’ve watched our previous two videos on this balcony vs inside cabin debate, you’ll know our basic thoughts on this topic. In this week’s podcast we’ll be diving in even deeper.
You can see those videos here (Is a balcony cabin worth it?) and here (5 reasons to book an inside cabin). If you just want to get to the “meat” of discussion, here are the main bullet points of the debate:
- Incredible views – For example waterfalls, icebergs and glaciers.
- An escape from crowds, and a little “space” away from their cabin mates now and then.
- Less cramped than an inside cabin
- Balcony drinks and dining.
- Less “claustrophobic” feeling than and inside cabin.
GREAT for photos
So, how do WE decide when a balcony cabin’s worth it? Typically there’s usually only one reason for us to NOT get a balcony, and that’s the price. Here’s how we make the decision. If a balcony cabin is just a few hundred dollars more than an inside or ocean view cabin, we’re going to book it. But, when the
- Save money. The reality is, inside staterooms can generally save you a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per cabin
- Inside cabins get SUPER dark at night. Full light blocking is great for light-sensitive sleepers
- Some experts recommend that to minimize motion sickness, booking an inside cabin, on a lower deck of the ship may be the best way to minimize the rocking and motion that you experience.
- Great for people who want to get out of their room and explore the ship and ports.
- If you book a balcony, you may get spoiled and not want to sail in something “lesser”, even when it makes more sense.
If you’ve settled on an inside cabin, we have a few tips for you. Check out our Inside Cabin Organization Video for some practical advice on how to make the most of the space.
Consider that some of the largest inside cabins at sea are on Carnival and Celebrity cruise lines. Also, Royal Caribbean’s newer ships have inside cabins with virtual balconies- something to consider!
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