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Old 09-23-2009, 11:47 AM
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Smoke is a valid concern. One year we never had the door open to the balcony--the smell was continuous. Needless to say we were resentful and disappointed. We have noticed smoke smell intermittantly on the balconies of most cruises, my husband is hyper-vigilant about staying away from smoke and this has bothered him. Having said that we have had a balcony for the past 7 cruises, and will have to be considering skipping cruising altogether for financial reasons to go back to an inside cabin.
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thank you for all your feedback, the balcony sounds great be lovely to read a book and enjoy a drink however, can the people in the next balcony see you? Im very concerned about the smell of smoke, I may have to go inside cabin for this reason alone.
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I guess I'm the dissenting voice here. I've sailed in inside, ocean view and balcony rooms. For me, I've never spent, or wanted to spend, enough time out on the balcony to make it worth the incremental cost. Mornings we tend to hit the gym, the shower, and then breakfast. If we get back to the room with enough time until the next thing not to be rushing out, we tend to enjoy one of the public rooms on the ship, or take a walk around the upper deck, or whatever.

I know that people love their balconies, but for my preference and lifestyle, I just don't spend enough time in my cabin, even my balcony cabin, to make it worth the extra money.
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:11 AM
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Corkgirl, you can always get a balcony up in the front of the ship, that way the smoke would be blowing towards the back. Reading Celebrity's policy, they prohibit smoking on the balcony, according to their website.
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I am in the once a balcony, always a balcony group. I am sailing in two weeks (WOO-WOO !!) aboard the Radiance with a smoker. A polite, never in your face smoker, so the balcony works out perfect. And in February with my DH aboard the Century, both non-smokers. I look for ways a balcony is affordable, 5-day cruises, older ships. On a sea day, I have spent the day on my balcony, ordering room service. A really nice get away place.
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Having said we really like a balcony, Sandy, I think you probably have a point. We, however, are traveling with 4 people to a room and that's a lot of humanity without the added space, air and light of the balcony. When it is just the two of us I think we may try your way and have the extra $$ for adventures!
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Laurie, I can see the advantage of a balcony room when there are more than 2 people in the cabin. You make a good point! I was focused on two in the room, since that's how we travel now that we're old! hehehe
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I guess I'm the dissenting voice here. I've sailed in inside, ocean view and balcony rooms. For me, I've never spent, or wanted to spend, enough time out on the balcony to make it worth the incremental cost.
I'll dissent with you.

I don't book the balconies for myself personally because of the extra cost either. It equals cruising more often for me. To each his own I guess. I'm sure the extra space helps if there are more than 2 in a cabin though.

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