Oceanview vs Balcony vs Inside Cabin

Hi Guys,

I have been on a few cruises and only ever had a balcony room. We sit outside a little but not enough to really spend the extra money for the room I think. I wouldnt mind trying a different room as it is a lot less expensive at times. If anyone has tried different rooms please comment on your experience. Thanks in advance!Happy

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We have had all of those and fortunately a suite. Personally, I hope to never again be in an inside cabin. I like the sunlight and being able to see what the weather is upon waking each morning. While an ocean view has an advantage over the inside cabin I really prefer to step outside just before retiring in the evening. Since you feel you don't use the balcony, you should try an ocean view, it might be right for you. The only way you will really know is to try it. If I could, I would always have a suite.... I like the space and the feeling of grandeur.Wink

Thanks for the reply! I would love to have a suite too someday. I am leaning to try an Oceanview room and will defiantly try it.

I have had all 3 types of cabin. For me it depends on how long the cruise is. If it is a short cruise I'm good with an inside cabin, they are great for sleeping since they are pitch black with lights out, In the morning I turn on the TV to the bridge cam to get the temp and weather forecast for the day (The cabin TV's are useful at times). For a long cruise with sea days I do enjoy a balcony if I can get it at a good price.

Since the only thing I do in the cabin is sleep and shower, I'd rather take twice as many cruises in an inside cabin then in a Balcony cabin.

Never thought of the TV for the morning weather etc... That's a good idea! I think the same way with more cruises if we can just suck it up with the room not being really what we want. Thanks for you input.

I tend to use the balcony - sip my morning coffee, sit out there while my wife gets ready for dinner, spend a couple of hours out there staring at the stars and waves before climbing into bed.

It is actually a fair piece of my vacation experience.

Due to mental instability (Wink) I am not comfortable in an enclosed room. I would not be able to sleep due to the impending panic attack. Windows help, but nothing beats being able to go outside (not necessarily going outside, but knowing that I could if I wanted to).

Have not had an inside cabin yet but might at some point. Had one booked with a virtual balcony but the upgrade fairy offered us an extra large Oceanview at no extra charge and that was too good to ignore. That was our first Oceanview and that was quite tolerable. We have always had balcony before that and I really enjoy having the balcony. I was hesitant to go with anything else but the price won out. When the choice was to book an inside or not book the cruise the decision became obvious.

We have had all three types on different ships, plus a virtual balcony on Quantum. On a port intensive cruise, inside is fine since we are off the ship most days. For a cruise with a lot of sea days, I like a balcony but it is not essential. Oceanview has little appeal. If I can't get fresh air a window doesn't add much. I would rather be in an inside cabin than at home. The virtual balcony was surprisingly effective.

We had all except a suite. On long cruises 7 days and above we go balcony as we like to get away from the crowds and still get to see and hear the water slicing with the ship. Short like a 5 day cruise we go inside cabin as it is dark and we sleep great. did not care for ocean views, too low on the decks. This is all on Carnival. We been to the same ports over and over, we just like to ride the ship. Inside cabins are cheaper and when we just want to ride, we do mostly inside.

Regarding inside cabins, there are pros and cons regarding them. One argument for, is the opinion "We are not going to be using our cabin except for sleeping as we are going to be out and about enjoying things." That argument has a lot of merit, particularly in a case where you only have 4 or 5 days on one of the largest passenger ships in the world with all sorts of stuff to do, see, and eat. On a longer cruise, I would think twice as some of those inside cabins are really tight and claustrophobic. Even a window cabin is a downer for our cruising nowadays. For us, no balcony, no cruise.

Today, you might just consider this ramification, particularly in light of the Oasis of the Seas returning to port early loaded with the Noro: If in the extremely rare chance you contract something and have to be quarantined to your cabin, for instance legionnaires virus, the cruise lines insist you stay put in your cabin, they provide you all meals, etc. I you violate that, they send you home at the next port, your expense. On our cruises, where we have had nice balconies, that eventuality wouldn't bother me at all since we loved our cabins. However, I might go nuts in one of those inside cabins.

"The gastrointestinal outbreak on the Oasis of the Seas sickened over 400 people, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). RCCL reported that 385 of 6,285 (6.12%) guests and 17 of 2,169 (0.78%) crew members became ill. The CDC has not determined whether the passengers and crew were sickened by norovirus." "The vessel will return to its home port of Port Canaveral one day early on January 12. Passengers will disembark and crew will disinfect the vessel before new passengers embark on January 13. VSP staff will board the vessel when it arrives on January 12 to assist with investigating the outbreak and to monitor the ship’s response procedures."

We started on inside. Next outside with window. Then balcony- Concierge - now we're at suite and hate going back. We won't go less than a balcony now.

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