Balcony was nice. We had a quad and sardined all of us into the one room. I would NOT recommend this! Nobody could watch TV once the upper berths were down, and it was claustrophobic. Kids did not like the upper berths, so my poor husband slept up there -- and I slept in my mother's room! The outer edges of upper berths were so sharp, we cut our arms and the kids kicked their heads. We started putting them up when we got up - not difficult to do.