We had a balcony on the Alaska Inside Passage cruise we took last month. (It ended up being a different cruise than the one we had originally booked, and this was the lowest category triple available.) I think I used it once. I preferred going out on deck or to the forward lounge as others would tend to spot wildlife or glacier calving before I did. There would be a huge cheer...was nice to do in a group. JMHO.