4 reasons to book a balcony cabin on your next cruise

4 reasons to book a balcony cabin on your next cruise

What type of cabin do you book on a cruise – a balcony cabin? We have now completed 11 cruises and I am sure will be booking a 12th very soon. We have stayed in a selection of different cabins on these cruises, including inside cabins, promenade cabins, outside cabins and balcony cabins. Obviously choosing your cabin comes down to the cost and budget available and as yet we have not been able to experience a suite as they have always been a little outside our budget!

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7318 balcony cabin on the Mariner of the Seas

We have stayed in a balcony cabin on 7 of our cruises including our Asia Cruise on the Mariner of the Seas and our Norway fjords cruise on the Explorer of the Seas.  From all of our cruising experiences, we would agree that a balcony is best and here are our 4 reasons why.

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Looking in from the balcony on the Explorer of the Seas

1. The extra space in a balcony cabin

The actual room footage of a deluxe balcony cabin on the Explorer of the Seas is 164 square feet and 51 square feet of balcony, compared with the 150 square feet inside cabin which our Dad’s had chosen to have.  There was plenty of room to walk around the bed and we also had a area with a large couch.  There was so much storage space when we unpacked half the cupboards were empty and we certainly didn’t travel light!

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Spacious balcony stateroom on the Explorer of the Seas

2. Natural light in a balcony cabin

Having natural light in your cabin may not seem like it is an issue, but is something you need to consider.  Our Dad’s are both in their 80’s and men of that age need to pop to the toilet numerous times during the night. Not having any natural light was an issue as they needed to prop the bathroom door open so they could see where they were going without waking each other up.

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Sunlight on the balcony

3. You know what the weather is like in a balcony cabin

It is wonderful to wake up and look straight out to sea or at a new port of call. It is also lovely having your own private area for watching arriving and leaving ports. You also know what clothes you need to wear, simple things but important. The Dads have had to ring us regularly for a weather report as they had no idea in their promenade cabin.

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Enjoying a drink on the balcony on the Explorer of the Seas

4. You really can have breakfast just for two in your balcony cabin

Breakfast service begins at 5.00am for a continental option with full breakfast served between 7.00am and 10.00am. You place your order on the breakfast menu before 3am on the door handle of your stateroom. Food available for breakfast includes a selection of juices and hot beverages, cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns, tomatoes, toast and a selection of pastries and preserves. It really is a treat to sit on the balcony and enjoy a romantic breakfast for two.

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Balcony Cabin on the P&O Ventura

Thanks for reading!

Have you stayed in a balcony cabin?  What other reasons would you add? What is your favourite cabin? We would love to hear any comments below!

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