My very first balcony

So we are going to do our very first balcony stateroom. I was thinking this wouldn't take a lot of research, but playing around with booking.. More choices!!  Are there differences in balconies?  Are all the views great? What floor? Front, middle or back??  We normally like a cabin away from noise and near the elevator..but not too close. If this would make for a bad balcony..I'm up for suggestions. We are debating Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas or Princess Regal.  We've cruised Royal.. But not this ship   Would love any suggestions and even cabin numbers that were great. We only get to go on vacation once a year so want it to be perfect, of course  Thanks, Cyndie

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The views off a balcony will depend on the cruise your taking,  direction of travel and side of the ship.  If your doing a one way cruise say Alaska to Seattle then one side of the ship nay have land in views and the other side will have ocean views.  Most of the time it will be ocean views.

 

If you like the smoother cruise I would say mid ship.   The view will be the same from front of ship to back of ship as you pass the same things.  Some ships have lower deck balcony's that are not glass enclosed up to the railing,  they are steel up to the railing and part of the sides and top closed in also (Carnival "Cove Balcony")  so you do not get 100% view nor the air flow. 

 

I have cruised in balcony, ocean view and inside cabins.   I find that the only time I use the balcony a lot is on cruises with a lot of sea days like transatlantic cruises.   On a short 4 night cruise I do not find the balcony worth the extra price.   I would suggest that on your sea day,  have room service bring you breakfast on your balcony,  if your paying for it may as well enjoy it.  I also leave the balcony door open a crack at night so I can hear the waves on the side of the ship to fall asleep.

 

Have a great cruise

You will love it! I have done 2 balcony ocean view rooms. I love having my own piece of heaven to sit out on, drink coffee, see the port. 

 

I have always been roughly mid ship, near an elevator and have done just fine. This time around in September we will be more aft, so it will be new for us!

Id love to hear how that turns out. What kind are you sailing? 

Its another supreme oceanview.. I can't remember the classification but it is on the oasis, so they have neighborhood balconies, oceanview balconies

 

The Royal and Regal Princesses have the forward facing balconies on the Lido and the deck below. The rooms are a bit bigger than a standard balcony, and the balconies are much bigger. The rail is steel, and being forward facing may get windy when sailing. But the view can't be beat.

I have never used a balcony room for the reasoning of we are never in our room for any length of time except to get ready or to go to sleep.  If we do a Med cruise or Alaskian cruise, we definitely will but I feel it would be a waste for me.  Just my personal thoughts

Although I do not confine myself to the room, sometimes it is nice to get away from people to my own private sanctuary.

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