MAMAAFRIKA
Contributor Level: Captain

ONCE YOU GO BALCONY, DO YOU GO BACK?

My very first cruise was on the Carnival Glory and we had an ocean view room on the Riviera deck. My second cruise I stayed in a balcony room and now I'm stuck, I have not went back to ocean view. But now I'm noticing the price difference between inside cabins and balcony cabins. I am wondering what it will be like to stay in an inside cabin on my favorite deck (Lido) for $444 pp instead of a balcony on the same deck for $709 pp. Have you guys ever went from balcony or suite to an inside cabin? If so, how did you like it? 

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akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

We switch back and forth between balconies and ocean view.  We are fine with either one.  We do love the cove balconies, though.

MAMAAFRIKA
Contributor Level: Captain

Those are on the lower decks closer to the water right?

 

ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

My first cruise was on Glory in 2007.  Had forward Riviera jail cell.  After that I pay for a balcony and wont go back.  Had a suite one time for an extra $500 and it was nice. Nope... I'm sticking with the balcony.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I have done the opposite.  We used to stay in inside cabins to save money when the family traveled together.  Then we graduated to ocean front rooms.  Finally, on a group booking, it was only $50 more for a balcony so we upgraded.  I would never go back to an inside cabin again unless I had to do so.  On our last cruise we booked ocean view.  Our next cruise will be balcony. The two cruises after that will be ocean view.  It is not just a matter of $$$s but also the part of the world that we are cruising.  Everyone is different with different circumstances.  Book what makes you comfortable.

 

askeegan
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

This cruise will be my first with an ocean view.  I am yet to try balcony as I really do not stay in my room for any length of time.  I am sure that it is wonderful but does it really warrant the extra cost?  Guess I will have to try and see for myself.

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Unfortunately we have been spoiled with always having a midship balcony and I cannot see us going to an inside cabin even though they are considerably cheaper. There may be a price difference between balcony and no balcony but I figure the difference in price between balcony and no balcony is small enough to swallow when compared to the overall cost of the whole vacation. I figure if I am paying that much start to finish why scrimp on the most enjoyable part of it. In the greater picture the cost difference is not that much.

MAMAAFRIKA
Contributor Level: Captain

Midship is the place to be......I prefer a balcony on the Lido Deck

 

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Yes, and on Carnival Breeze, Magic, Dream and Vista.

 

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I tried going from Balcony to OV, but I just didn't care for it. I couldn't spend enough time outside of the room. I can't imagine my being comfortable in an inside.

I do like to spend quiet time on the balcony. The further forward and the further up the better.

My next cruise is a forward facing balcony on the lido deck -- deck 16. (I'm hoping for relatively calm seas Big Smile)

MAMAAFRIKA
Contributor Level: Captain

Which ship are you going on

 

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