We just returned from a Royal Caribbean cruise, and had a family outside cabin. 9500.
It was amazing, because we left from NJ and a couple of days it was vey cool out.
The cabin was in the bow right underneath the bridge.
The kids had a separate room with bunk beds, we had a large sitting area and two enourmous windows facing forward.
We pulled our chairs over and had our coffee each morning.
It wasn't much less expensive than a balcony, but we had a huge space and some privacy as well.