We got TONS of use out of our Balcony:
-Eating Breakfast every morning with an amazing view
-Watching the Sunset and taking photos every night
-Staying in bed all day on Sea days, with the doors open (pretty tired from all the excursions)
-Falling asleep at night to the sound of the waves crashing
Having a balcony allows you to enjoy all these things privately (trust me, the crowd gets old after a few days)
Get one if you can afford it (Never cruising without one ever)
Don't forget to sneak in your own booze
And yes, you will want a Wide Angle lens, in order to take in all the views. The zoom might be nice to have, in case you spot some wildlife, but I'm guessing you'll mostly be going Wide.
Something like an 18-200 would be a good compromise if you don't want to carry a bunch of glass around
Last edited by Ghostie; 01-11-2013 at 10:58 AM.