Reasons to Splurge on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Balcony Stateroom

Royal Caribbean Independence Cruise Balcony Stateroom

A Balcony Stateroom on Royal Caribbean

There are countless reasons to splurge on a Royal Caribbean Cruise. While a balcony stateroom is an added cost, having a private, outdoor ocean view may be worth busting the budget.

Balcony Stateroom with Royal Caribbean

It’s true that you can enjoy the ocean air and beautiful vistas from public decks on the ship. And if your main goal is a cost-effective vacation, then that’s definitely how you should cruise. Plus, there are times that your stateroom accommodations won’t seem as important. For instance, when we sailed the Mediterranean, we were away from the ship for many hours on once-in-a-lifetime visits to exotic locales. When we returned to the ship, we were too darn tired to care that our ocean view was courtesy of a simple window.

If you plan to spend a lot of time on the ship and have some extra funds, I recommend trying a balcony stateroom. Let’s take a look at some of our balcony experiences aboard Royal Caribbean ships!

Afternoon Nap

Take an afternoon nap while listening to the ocean.

Royal Caribbean Balcony Stateroom. Fresh ocean air.
The sound of the ocean is conducive to afternoon naps.

Connecting Balconies

When traveling with extended family, we always have our cabin steward open the partition between our balconies. This gives us extra room to visit. When arriving or leaving a port, you’ll find us out here enjoying the view.

Stateroom balcony partitions can be opened to allow families to enjoy a larger balcony.
Connecting balconies are great for families!

Embarkation

It’s always interesting to watch the goings-on at a port while a ship is preparing to depart. We love to watch the late arrivals running to the ship. The last minute mad dashers always make us laugh.

Watching people return to Royal Caribbean ship.
Watching people return to the ship.

Enjoying Coffee While Docking

There’s something wonderful about watching the ship dock in a new port while drinking coffee from a stateroom balcony.

Morning coffee on stateroom's balcony on Royal Caribbean cruise.
Enjoy your coffee looking at the sea!
Passenger on Royal Caribbean enjoys coffee on outdoor balcony while heading into a new port.
More coffee time while heading into port.

Morning Sunrise

Watching the sun rise with an entire day of vacation ahead is exhilarating.

A morning sunrise while cruising into port.
Good morning!

Read a Book

Retreat to your balcony and read a book. This is a lovely pastime before heading to dinner at Windjammer or Chops Grille!

There's plenty of time to read a book while cruising at sea.
Read a book

Ships

Yes, occasionally you’ll see other ships in the distance.

Watch for other ships from the comfort of our balcony on a Royal Caribbean ship.
A ship in the distance

Take Pictures

From the comfort of your private balcony, take beautiful photos of your Ports of Call.

From the Royal Caribbean's Jewel, a passenger enjoys the beautiful Mexican port view.
Enjoy a beautiful view while in port

Waving to Other Cruisers

Go ahead and wave! It’s fun to wave hello (and goodbye) to passengers on other ships. It’s as if you haven’t seen civilization in oh, a day or so.

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity ships docking next to each other. Passengers waving hello.
Waving to passengers on a Celebrity ship.

We really make use of our balcony and find the added expense worth it for us. Morning, afternoon, and evening — the ambiance is truly special. It’s the first place I venture to in the morning and the last in the evening. Watching the moonlight dance across the ocean just before going to bed is quite magical. And then there’s the ocean air that revives the soul. Priceless.

These are just some of the reasons that we love to splurge on a balcony. We’ve sailed on Independence, Freedom, and Jewel. In January 2017, we spent our 25th anniversary aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas in a Grand Suite. We loved it so much, we returned with family in June 2017!

Have you sailed on Royal Caribbean? What’s your cruise line and stateroom of choice?

Kimberly LaPaglia

Kimberly shared her passion for Disney when she was selected for the inaugural Walt Disney World Moms Panel and then as the first Disney Cruise Line panelist. As a Disney Mom, she helped countless families plan their own dream-filled journeys. Blending her love for research, travel, and writing, Kim has been an editor for Disney Food Blog for nearly 8 years. At The Castle Concierge, she blogs about travel, parenting, celebrations, and the road to empty nesting.

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