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THE GREAT BALCONY DEBATE…..

Another from our lovely friend and travel journalist – Travels with Anthony ( Give him a like on FB) 

 

Other than suite accommodation, no other room on any ship usually comes with a higher price tag than a balcony cabin. And, not surprisingly in these belt tightened times, people wonder whether they can justify the extra expense over, say, an inside or outside room?

It pretty much depends what your priorities are. You can save the balcony supplement, and spend it instead on shore excursions, spa treatments, or extra charge restaurants. And, if that’s the way that you decide to go, then there is no one to say that you’re wrong.

However….

There are times and places where a balcony can make all the difference, and actually elevate the overall cruise experience immensely. Few things beat having that little bit of private space for a nice, sunset glass of bubbly, some secluded, late night stargazing, or even a lazy, bathrobe breakfast.

It goes pretty much without saying that a balcony cabin normally works best on a warm weather itinerary. But never dismiss the sheer magic of standing out there on a Norway cruise, and taking in the towering, sometimes mist shrouded majesty of the fjords. And, for a true scenic smorgasbord like an Alaskan cruise, a balcony cabin can be like a window box that connects you to pristine, primal nature in the raw, and right up close and personal at that.

If scenery is not your muse, then a balcony can still be a huge boon on a repositioning trip that features lots of sea days. And, during the school holidays, balcony space could well be your saving grace from the massed, exuberant outpourings of other people’s children…

Personally, I would always go for a balcony cabin if it is at all practical. I treasure the luxury of being able to just kick back on my own little terrace with something to drink, some light bites, or just a damned good book. And anyone that has not tried champagne on their own private balcony at midnight, served up with a side order of twinkling, magnificent starlight, definitely needs to at least consider the idea.

Small and compact balconies are fine, but if you can afford to splash out for a suite with a large terrace and-better still-an outdoor hot tub-then you become the temporary tenant of what amounts to a self contained universe, a hushed, secluded haven with all the appropriate bells and whistles, and an upgraded amount of smartly attired bowing and scraping. If you are looking at making this the trip of a lifetime, then this is surely the way to go.

But-however you decide to go-just remember that the main thing is, quite simply, to get out there……

Other than suite accommodation, no other room on any ship usually comes with a higher price tag than a balcony cabin. And, not surprisingly in these belt tightened times, people wonder whether they can justify the extra expense over, say, an inside or outside room?

It pretty much depends what your priorities are. You can save the balcony supplement, and spend it instead on shore excursions, spa treatments, or extra charge restaurants. And, if that’s the way that you decide to go, then there is no one to say that you’re wrong.

However….

There are times and places where a balcony can make all the difference, and actually elevate the overall cruise experience immensely. Few things beat having that little bit of private space for a nice, sunset glass of bubbly, some secluded, late night stargazing, or even a lazy, bathrobe breakfast.

It goes pretty much without saying that a balcony cabin normally works best on a warm weather itinerary. But never dismiss the sheer magic of standing out there on a Norway cruise, and taking in the towering, sometimes mist shrouded majesty of the fjords. And, for a true scenic smorgasbord like an Alaskan cruise, a balcony cabin can be like a window box that connects you to pristine, primal nature in the raw, and right up close and personal at that.

If scenery is not your muse, then a balcony can still be a huge boon on a repositioning trip that features lots of sea days. And, during the school holidays, balcony space could well be your saving grace from the massed, exuberant outpourings of other people’s children…

Personally, I would always go for a balcony cabin if it is at all practical. I treasure the luxury of being able to just kick back on my own little terrace with something to drink, some light bites, or just a damned good book. And anyone that has not tried champagne on their own private balcony at midnight, served up with a side order of twinkling, magnificent starlight, definitely needs to at least consider the idea.

Small and compact balconies are fine, but if you can afford to splash out for a suite with a large terrace and-better still-an outdoor hot tub-then you become the temporary tenant of what amounts to a self contained universe, a hushed, secluded haven with all the appropriate bells and whistles, and an upgraded amount of smartly attired bowing and scraping. If you are looking at making this the trip of a lifetime, then this is surely the way to go.

But-however you decide to go-just remember that the main thing is, quite simply, to get out there……

 

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