Changing World Of Cruise Ship Balconies

Many cruisers (including these two) will do everything possible to enjoy a balcony stateroom on a cruise. There are people, we're told, who simply won't go on a cruise if they can't get one.

How times have changed.

Once, balconies were at such a premium that they cost twice as much as an inside stateroom. Today, while they're still more expensive, they run about 25 per cent more.

Once, cruise ships had no balcony staterooms (i.e. The Love Boat or the Titanic), and the watershed date for that change was Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas, which increased the number available to five per cent of the staterooms. Today's new ships are built with 65 per cent, or more.

Once, the number of balconies depended on space available on the outside decks of ships. Some of today's ships have virtual (or will have) balconies on inside cabins…and balconies that face the inside of the ship.

Next month, we'll be getting a taste of that one when we board Allure of the Seas. The balcony rooms overlooking Central Park became popular after the arrivals of Allure and its sister ship, Oasis of the Seas, and Royal Caribbean has other ships with balconies that overlook the Promenade in the heart of the ship.

Stay tuned.

Later this month, the new Regal Princess will arrive in Europe. It will have a balcony-inside ratio of 80-20.

Indeed…how times have changed!

Today at Phil Reimer's The latest in cruise news

Celebrity Summit
7 nights
July 13, 2014
Bayonne (return): King’s Wharf
Inside: $899
Cost per day: $128


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