The beauty of a balcony

Cruise with a balcony

The great thing about a cruise ship is there’s always a stateroom to suit what you’re looking for. There are various different kinds that you can choose from on any ship, but for me you can’t look past a room with a balcony.

Balconies (sometimes referred to as a veranda, depending on who you are sailing with) are a fantastic addition to any stateroom and go some way to making your voyage all the more special. Balcony rooms might cost more but it’s 100% worth it.

In my opinion, an inside stateroom is just a place to get washed, changed and to sleep. And there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, it’s fine if that’s what you’re looking for. But if you add on an ocean view, you get to see the sights of the ports as you arrive and depart, and you’ll be guaranteed a sunrise or sunset on a daily basis.

A balcony takes this one step further. You can step outside and get more of a panoramic view, so you aren’t just restricted to a certain field of vision. You get to really soak in those sunrises and sunsets, feeling the warmth on your face in the morning or the slight chill of the fresh air as the sun drops beneath the horizon in the evening. You can hear the sounds of the port as you get near, and as they fade once the ship begins to depart.

You also get the added benefit of your own extra space, giving you more room to unwind when you’re spending a quiet hour in your stateroom. It’s great to just sit outside as your ship powers through the waters, and most cruise lines will provide blankets if you want to lie on a lounger or sit on a chair on your balcony for a nap.

What do you think of balcony staterooms? Are they an essential for every cruise booking, or can you take them or leave them? Maybe you’ve never tried one but you hope to one day. Or maybe you want to tell us about your favourite balcony that you’ve ever experienced. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

By Ian Lewis

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Jenni Fielding
Jenni has been working in the travel industry for over 10 years. She fell in love with cruising on her first-ever cruise, a Caribbean cruise on Allure of the Seas, during her honeymoon in 2013. Nowadays, Jenni enjoys cruising with her husband and two young children. Her favourite ships are family-friendly megaships which are packed with exciting facilities. She loves sea days and had been known to skip port visits to spend more time on the ship!

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  1. James September 13, 2013 Reply

    Give me an inside cabin every time. Beautifully dark at night, nice place to wash and sleep. Go out on deck anytime to see all the views. No tobacco smoke coming in from the cabins next door. Then do three cruises a year instead of two.

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