While inside rooms are the same size as outside rooms, they tend to feel smaller all because there is no sunlight that comes into the room and the room is always quite dark. If you are with a group and will spend a lot of time out of your room and only use it for sleep and getting ready, then inside is the only way to go. Its dirt cheap, but you still get the same benefits as every other passenger on the ship. I tend to spend more time in my room, readling and relaxing on my balcony because I tend to value quiet and privacy over spending time at the pool or on the beach. A cruise is one place that I do not get bothered by phone calls, e-mails or snail mail. It truly is a time for me to disconnect from my noisy, hectic life and just chill. So, even though I get some noise from the balcony and a balcony isn't the most private place on earth, I enjoy what that balcony and OV room affords me. So, choose the accommodation that affords you the best vacation of your dreams.