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    #16
    Hi, I had a sheltered balcony in December on Queen Mary when we travelled back from New York, and we hardly used it. We only went out there to see how hard it was to open the door, it really wasn't worth it. Besides there was so much going on, I didn't get time to spend hardly any time in the cabin at all.

    Perhaps spend the extra on a larger inside or outside........................................... .............Carol

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      #17
      I’d have to go balcony on a TA. The thought of not being able to breathe in any fresh air if the weather was poor and access to the open decks was not allowed, would make me and more so my husband, feel very claustrophobic.

      id need the balcony for fresh air.
      Past cruises:
      Carnival Conquest October 2002
      Independence of the Seas October 2012
      Independence of the Seas May 2014
      Explorer of the Seas June 2015
      Norwegian Escape October 2015

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        #18
        I haven't done a TA yet [one booked this year!!!] but I would need a balcony, especially if the decks were closed. I have only been in an outside once and wouldn't do it again, felt slightly claustrophobic and missed a bit if fresh air. I certainly couldn't have an inside now after the outside experience. However, only you can decide whether it would enhance your holiday or not.

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          #19
          The real question is why are you doing a B2B on QM2.

          The answer to that should guide if a balcony is worth bothering with.

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            #20
            We have done several TAs although none on Cunard. Unlike others, it is a cruise that I would choose a balcony if the price was reasonable. The number of sea days makes a balcony worth while for me, even if it is a bit chilly. I enjoy reading my book snuggled up in a blanket with peace and quiet instead of up on the pool deck. It all comes down to cost for me though. We have done TAs in April, May, October and November and it has never been too cold to be outside. Remember to choose a balcony on the sunny side of the ship, ie. the one facing the equator.

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              #21
              How often when ALL the outside decks are closed is there a no opening of the balconies?

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                #22
                Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post
                How often when ALL the outside decks are closed is there a no opening of the balconies?
                I've been in the situation where decks have been closed and it's been impossible to open our balcony door [starboard] but port doors had no problem with the wind direction. Visa versa. The only time our balconies have ever been out of action, officially, has been during helicopter medivacs and pirate drill.

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post

                  There are a few options that are more than just 6/7 days at sea.
                  Also good solo rates are more common you might find she is more keen if you say you are going on your own if she won't go.
                  It’s tempting but she would divorce me if I went on my own 😊

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                    #24
                    We did a repositioning cruise on the eclipse a few years ago from Southampton which took in NYC, Boston, Bermuda and Port Canaveral. We didn’t use the balcony till we arrived in Bermuda. So my answer to you is don’t bother unless there’s only a few £’s difference. You will want to be on deck for sail in/away as you can see so much more.
                    don't want to work, just want to cruise.

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                      #25
                      Thanks to all for your comments and suggestions. It sounds as though the extra cost of a balcony is probably not value for money. Will see what the prices are when it comes time to book.

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