Rita - When I originally called Southwest, I told the agent that this was to be our first cruise. I also said that I knew nothing about preferred amenities to request. The agent was kind enough to advise me not to get an obstructed view, steel railings, not too near elevators, etc. The HE suggested the room, and I agreed. That's the bottom line. So, if the room is truly needed, I shall be glad to give it up. But I certainly would like to be asked by HAL or my own agent and be told upfront what and where the room is.