Many cruise lines today would prefer you spend your time not in your cabin but out in their many events, eateries, venues, art shows, etc. all designed to entice you along with your wallet.
So, by all means, if one doesn't expect to be in the cabin much, don't waste the extra dough on a balcony. We sailed for years with only outside view cabins, loved all those voyages too. But, like JusMe says: "The problem with booking a balcony cabin is, once you have it, you always want it and it is hard to go back to inside cabins." we knew that was going to be the case when we finally booked our first balcony. It was and we never looked back, today we don't book unless we get one. Matter of fact, I really don't believe we would cruise as much as we do if it were not for balconies.
Plus, we like a mini-suite where we can divide the cabin so one can read while the other sleeps or watches TV. I love the sea and spend a lot of time on the balcony, very therapeutic watching the flying fishes, etc. Plus one of the best aspects of the cruise for me are sail-aways, which are much more enjoyable on your own balcony. If you appreciate chatting with others at those times, which I do, then that is the time I make friends with guests on the adjacent balconies. Here are the wise words of wisdom from an unknown cruise thread:
"We feel that a balcony cabin is ridiculously worth it. Okay, hear me out those of you who are thinking you're never really in your room anyway, or it costs way too much.
Modern cruise ships feature more balconies than ever, so you are not paying for one of only 10 available verandah staterooms on a vessel, there are hundreds to choose from which really helps to bring the overall cost down.
Yes, you can always go on the top deck and take in the views, but there is nothing like having your own private balcony. Not only is there peace and quiet, the scenery changes constantly, whether you're sailing along the Inside Passage of Alaska or docked among the pink pastels of Bermuda, you have an almost constant view of some of the most beautiful destinations you'll ever see.
With floor-to-ceiling windows, a balcony not only makes the cabin feel larger, but it provides you with fresh air and natural light, both pretty important for humans. If you are one of those said humans but require absolute darkness to sleep, there are blackout curtains you can use to help you sleep-in in the morning.
Then when you do wake up, avoid the people crowds, order in breakfast, and say hello to dolphins, whales, bears, or other wildlife depending on your destination.
If you are taking time to go on a cruise you better treat yourself right — give yourself the best chance of having the most amazing vacation possible. And remember, the answer is YES a balcony is ridiculously worth it."
My sentiments exactly.