What you need to know before you book a cruise ship balcony room

These tips for booking a cruise ship balcony.


While the regular cruise ship rooms are beautiful, the rooms with a balcony it feels very luxurious.

The rooms with balcony gives you the opportunity to escape from the busy decks and relax on your own private terrance.

This all sounds great, but the truth is that these rooms are also much more expensive than a typical suite, so you may want to consider whether it is really worth the effort. If you are embarking on a week-long cruise, you may want extra money because you have more time at sea.

Before you book your balcony of your room you should always “think about the region in which you are going cruising and how much you really want to be outside using your balcony, Mollie Fitzgerald, co-owner of Frontiers International Travel, says.

Don’t be shy if in consultation with your cruise line and ask a lot of questions before you book. The last thing you want is to purchase an expensive room with a balcony and end up with an obstructed view. How big is the space? It comes with furniture? Where is it in relation to notoriously busy outdoor hangouts?

Here are a number of things to consider before booking your next cruise.

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Do your research ahead of time.


1) Research the region.

“Think of the region in which you are going cruising and how much you really want to be outside using your balcony, Mollie Fitzgerald, co-owner of Frontiers International Travel, says. For example, “if you’re driving in Indonesia or South-east Asia where it can be very hot and humid, or perhaps in Scandinavia, where it is often cold, the balcony should not be in the game that often or not it’s worth the extra cost in comparison with the Caribbean or the Med where the weather might be delightful and the balcony a lot more.”

2) Is the view unobstructed?

“The question whether the view from the balcony is obstructed in any way, Fitzgerald explained. “Sometimes tender boats and life boats are hung on the ceiling and can be completely or partially obstructing the view from the balcony.”

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The question of whether there’s furniture on the balcony.


3) Will you even be able to sit outside?

“The question of whether the balcony is furnished with a table and a few chairs, so you can actually step outside and enjoy,” says Fitzgerald. “Sometimes the term ‘balcony’ can be misleading and it is just a ‘Juliette’ balcony (sometimes known as a French balcony is a sliding door, but the balcony itself is only 8 to 12 inches deep so no space for furniture or sit down.”

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4) Wait to upgrade.

Don’t purchase a balcony room when booking your trip. Wait until after the arrest. According to roam about The World, many cruise lines try to entice their passengers with a Reduced Rate Upgrade Program in an attempt to fill the balcony, the rooms that have not yet been purchased.

5) Location, location, location.

“For the area of the balcony for the cabin that you are considering,” says Fitzgerald. “The biggest are often the cabins at the front of the ship and/or on the back – not the sides.”

6) Will you be on display?

What is the point of paying extra money for a balcony if you can’t enjoy it? Fitzgerald says that you should “ask how the private balcony is – sometimes you can see/hear your neighbors on each side, which can be an annoyance.”

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