1) The Sights
Imagine waking up in the morning to a whale breaching the surface or a tropical port city approaching on the horizon. Yes, while these sights can also be seen through a standard porthole, you’ll be amazed at how these sights will leave you in awe or transport you to your “happy place” as you stand there and watch these sights in their true element – in the open air.
2) Sailing Away
While similar to the aforementioned sights, soaking in the excitement of sail away from your private balcony is truly the way to enjoy the sail away experience. You’ll find this exciting time of your cruise much more relaxing and fun as you enjoy your own reserved space along the rail sailing away from Miami or Cozumel. It’s truly hard to beat.
3) Suntanning (Well, kinda)
This one can be tricky as it depends on your balcony’s actual design. Many cruise ships feature balconies that are partially covered or fully uncovered. This unique design practically creates a private suntanning area reserved just for you and your fellow cabin mates. Many of these “sunning” balconies may even feature full sun loungers depending on the stateroom’s design or category. Many “sunning” balconies aboard Princess’ Grand Class ship feature not only two sun loungers, but a table and chairs as well.
4) Extra Space
One of my favourite reasons I sail with a balcony is the extra space it provides. Let’s be honest, most cruise ship staterooms aren’t exactly generous in space, so having some extra room to stretch out, take a nap, or even to just escape the indoors can be priceless. Plus, many families can take advantage of this extra space for changing before dinner or getting ready for the day. Rather than wait turns to use the bathroom to change, families can use the bathroom, stateroom, and balcony to change simultaneously.