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We are cruising in 5 days and we are finally in a balcony! What is your favorite thing to do on yours (keep it PG! ;p ) I'm envisioning sipping morning coffee out there, asking for a cheese plate to go from MDR and nibbling it with a nice drink in the evening... Watching us come into and leave ports... Reading a good book out there... What else?

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Leaving the door ajar overnight and falling asleep to the sound of the ocean.

 

On Oasis and Quantum class ships this will turn off your cabin's AC.

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Front row views for sunrises and sunsets, getting into and leaving ports! Just got back from the Mediterranean and while leaving Santorini we had the most incredible view of the entire island. Other ports were also quite impressive. This all depends on what side of the ship you're on but that evens out at some point.

Enjoy your cruise!

 

 

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Enjoying outdoor space with peace and quiet. I don't enjoy crowds (I'm not panicked by them, but like most people, don't love being swept up in them), but am an introvert, so the quiet space to myself is especially appreciated. And there is nothing like a little afternoon nap on your balcony to make you fully appreciate where you are!!!

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Leaving the door ajar overnight and falling asleep to the sound of the ocean.

 

This is a good way to make your room hot, humid, and uncomfortable. On some ships it will also cut off your A/C.

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This is a good way to make your room hot, humid, and uncomfortable. On some ships it will also cut off your A/C.

It also makes other rooms in the vicinity warm. I cannot remember the reason, something about the pressure change.

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Everything everyone has mentioned. Great place for a sail away beverage with your significant other.

 

On a different note, if you are on the port side, you can watch the "runners" who almost miss the ship!

 

 

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Everything everyone has mentioned. Great place for a sail away beverage with your significant other.

 

On a different note, if you are on the port side, you can watch the "runners" who almost miss the ship!

 

 

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The port side is the left side of the ship when you are facing the bow which may not always be the side facing the port.

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One of our favorite things to do is have breakfast out on the balcony! Although now there is the $7.95 charge, some people in our group just go up to the windjammer and bring back breakfast. There's something so special about some peace and quiet with the ocean before the days activities start.

 

We also usually travel in groups, so it's nice and night we usually have 3 or 4 connecting balconies, where we sit out and talk about the day or what to try the next day while eating cookies and milk. It's nice to have your "own" little outdoor space. Some people are against balconies, but we can't cruise without one!

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After cruising a number of times with inside and ocean view, we splurged for the balcony for the first time last month. Our kids were across the hall in inside cabins, and we thought everyone would love using the balcony. Honestly, we would go out there in the morning and watch the mooring crew do their thing, and we would step out there for a few minutes before going to bed just to take a look, and that was about it. The kids didn't come over much at all either. We decided that we'd probably skip the balcony next time and spend our money on other things. I know I'm in the minority, but it just isn't that special to us. Maybe it is because we are more social and big people watchers. I'd much rather read a book or watch us leaving ports from the upper decks than from my balcony.

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Another vote for watching sunrise and sunsets...my favorite part of having a balcony.

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It makes my " small" cabin feel twice as large! My husband and I could sit outside and relax while our young son got his much needed sleep in the morning, when he was little-and a place for one of us to go-while the other was getting ready for dinner. There is not much floor space in most cabins-so the balcony was wonderful with 3-4 people in a cabin.

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It also makes other rooms in the vicinity warm. I cannot remember the reason, something about the pressure change.

Chengkp75 posted this some time ago:

"All modern cruise ships are designed with many fire safety features to save your life in case there is a fire onboard.

One of those features is air pressure.

 

Cruise ship cabins are designed to have a slightly higher air pressure inside the cabin than outside the cabin. If there is a fire outside your cabin, the over-pressure inside will cause smoke and flames to move away from your cabin rather than move into it.

 

This system works great until you or your neighbors open the balcony door.

 

With the balcony door open, the air pressure drops in your cabin. The A/C system is designed to compensate for the lower air pressure by pulling air pressure from your neighbors' cabins into yours. This also pulls the cool air from their cabins into yours. And if your neighbors are smokers, it also pulls their smoke into your cabin.

 

The problem is that with your balcony door open, the A/C system never is able to compensate for the lower pressure. It keeps pulling more and more air from your neighbors, trying to compensate for your cabin. That's when all your neighbors start calling the front desk to complain that their A/C is not working properly.

 

A few cruise lines tried to counteract this problem by installing magnetic switches on the balcony doors.These magnetic switches automatically turned off ventilation to the cabins that left their doors open, making it safer and more comfortable for those smart enough to read and follow the signs on the door asking them to keep it closed.

 

Then some genius found a way to circumvent the system by placing a small magnet near the magnetic switch on the door,making his neighbors uncomfortable and less safe, but ensuring he could leave his balcony door open and have A/C at the same time.

 

The cruise lines gave up and removed the magnetic switches. Now you can leave your door open and ruin your neighbors' cruise without the help of the magnet."

Imagine leaving your front door open in your home for extended periods and what that would do to your A/C system and its ability to cool. That's essentially what you're doing when you leave the balcony door open.

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just being able to relax without a crowd of people around...and don't forget the binoculars. We were in our first balcony this summer and loved it!!!!

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Having my own private space near the ocean. There are may be many areas that you can view the ocean but nothing is like your own private area.

 

It is most appreciated in the still of the morning when you first get up, still in PJs, opening the balcony door and hearing the silence of nothing but the ocean, taking it all in and appreciating those moments ... for me there is little that compares. Equally peaceful is in the late night hours and all you hear is the ocean, wish I was there now.

 

I try to talk myself into being able to do an inside to save money, I tell myself I would be okay doing inside cabin but I am only fooling myself. Moments on the balcony are priceless (kinda LOL).

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I love watching the waves and listening to the soundtrack of "Chariots of Fire". I feel inspired the rest of the day! I am sure the original poster will find many reasons of his/her own to enjoy the balcony.

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Getting away from the noise on the decks. I love the solitude sitting on my balcony. I do enjoy a drink there and sometimes reading a book, but I love people watching in port.

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Just having a "private" outdoor space...so you don't have to get dressed and "made up" to get outside! and, it gives you a bit of "extra" space...cabins are so small, for the most part....nice to have the extra room.

 

Not everyone enjoys a balcony...my mother is of the mindset that the entire ship is hers to use...and she has no need of a balcony! It's really a personal like/dislike.

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Being able to walk outside for a few minutes directly from our cabin is important to us.

We seldom if ever sit out there.

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Haven't sailed on a balcony on RC yet but what we found on X is that when you're in port or going through a strait, you can generally pick up mobile Internet in your cabin with a balcony if you have a local sim or are roaming. Inside cabin? Forget it.

 

Personally, I just like being to watch the hustle and bustle or arriving and departing from port. Might be able to catch a glimpse of the pilot boat too.

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Drinking coffee in the morning with my husband, watching the Norwegian Fjords slip by, while our kids slumber.

 

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We are cruising in 5 days and we are finally in a balcony! What is your favorite thing to do on yours (keep it PG! ;p ) I'm envisioning sipping morning coffee out there, asking for a cheese plate to go from MDR and nibbling it with a nice drink in the evening... Watching us come into and leave ports... Reading a good book out there... What else?

 

All of those things PLUS your own private space to enjoy the ocean

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My wife and I enjoyed having breakfast delivered and then enjoying it out on the balcony. Now I just go fill our travel mugs with coffee and bring them back to enjoy outside. It is also a nice getaway when you tire of the crowds. It's a nice quiet place to enjoy fresh air and read. Remember that with the slider open, and you open your door, it will slam shut due to air pressure. And it slams load. Enjoy the balcony.

 

 

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After cruising a number of times with inside and ocean view, we splurged for the balcony for the first time last month. Our kids were across the hall in inside cabins, and we thought everyone would love using the balcony. Honestly, we would go out there in the morning and watch the mooring crew do their thing, and we would step out there for a few minutes before going to bed just to take a look, and that was about it. The kids didn't come over much at all either. We decided that we'd probably skip the balcony next time and spend our money on other things. I know I'm in the minority, but it just isn't that special to us. Maybe it is because we are more social and big people watchers. I'd much rather read a book or watch us leaving ports from the upper decks than from my balcony.

 

I feel the same. I will spring for a balcony if the price is right, or in some circumstances. We wanted a balcony for Alaska to be sure we had the ability to see the views at all times, and we wanted a balcony for Hawaii because it was a 10 day cruise. But all things considered, on a Caribbean voyage I could care less if I have a balcony. I could/would book one if it meant that much to me, but it doesn't. So if the price diff is more than about $300, I don't bother with a balcony, I just don't feel the need to have one.

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Another vote for ordering breakfast and enjoying a quiet morning in pajamas! And in the evenings, it is so nice and peaceful - there is something so relaxing about sitting in the dark, listening to the waves, and taking with my husband. Seems like we rarely have a chance to do that in the "real world" without kids, work, or phones interrupting us!

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