How to Know if a Balcony Cabin is Right for You

After you’ve chosen your perfect itinerary, departure port and cruise ship, there’s still one big decision left to make: which balcony is the right one for you? A little while ago we covered how to know if an inside cabin is right for you and now we’re looking at the question “is a cruise ship balcony cabin right for you”?

Is a Cruise Ship Balcony Cabin right for you? A cruise ship balcony has loads of benefits, but they come at a price.
A cruise ship balcony has loads of benefits, but they come at a price: Photo credit Pandaw River Expeditions

Balcony cabins have loads of advantages over inside cabins, but they also come at a higher price. So before you jump in at the deep end and book your next cruise ship cabin blind, you need to ask “Is a Cruise Ship Balcony Cabin right for you”? Consider these three points and work out whether a cruise ship balcony cabin is right for you.

Is a Cruise Ship Balcony Cabin right for you? Your own balcony is the perfect place to sunbathe in peace.
Your own balcony is the perfect place to sunbathe in peace: Photo on the Gauguin by Roderick Eime / CC BY 2.0

Is a Cruise Ship Balcony Cabin right for you?

You like your privacy

If you like to sit outside to soak up the sun but hate the thought of fighting for a sunbed by the pool and being surrounded by hundreds of other passengers, a cruise ship balcony cabin could be perfect for you. Although cruise ship balconies are generally smaller than the balconies you get in hotels, they still give you plenty of room to relax on a chair or sun lounger and work on your tan in complete privacy.

Is a Cruise Ship Balcony Cabin right for you? Balcony cabins can be incredibly convenient for smokers.
Celebrity Cruises – Balcony cabins can be incredibly convenient for smokers: Photo Curtis & Renee / CC BY-SA 2.0

Someone in your party smokes

Balcony cabins can be a lifesaver for anyone who smokes. Although every cruise line has at least one smoking area somewhere on the ship, it can be a real hassle to haul yourself out of your plush bed in the middle of the night and walk to the dedicated area for a cigarette. So much so that it could put smokers off cruising altogether! But if you book a balcony cabin with Fred Olsen, Holland America, Saga or Windstar, you’ll be able to open your balcony door and have a cigarette whenever you like.

Cruise Ship Balcony Cabin: The balcony cabins on the MSC Divina are spacious inside and out.
The balcony cabins on the MSC Divina are spacious inside and out: Photo Gary Bembridge / CC BY 2.0

You’re going to spend a lot of time in your cabin

Generally, balcony cabins are larger than indoor and outdoor cabins. It’s not just the balcony that adds the extra space either, balcony cabins are also bigger on the inside. If you’re packing a library’s worth of novels and plan on whiling away hours in your cabin each day getting lost in a book or chilling out while watching TV after dinner, a small inside cabin will start to feel claustrophobic after a day or two. If you think you’ll spend more time in your cabin than in other parts of the ship or in the port of call, a balcony cabin is ideal.

Cruise Ship Balcony Cabin: The view from aft cabins is spectacular.
The view from aft cabins on Carnival Breeze is spectacular: Photo Montel G. / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Our pick of the best cabins out there

The standard balcony cabins on Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice, Constellation and Century-class ships are approximately 4m2 and instead of the usual tiny tables, offer sizeable tables large enough for an exclusive alfresco dinner for two.

If you’re sailing with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, or Princess Cruises, the best balcony cabins are found at the aft of the ship. These cabins are generally larger than standard balcony cabins, have better furnishings and boast incredible views you won’t get from any other balcony. The only downsides are that you can feel more vibrations in this part of the ship and these cabins are generally further away from the ship’s facilities.

About Nicola Quinn

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Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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