Aahhh. Thanks for the support and great info. I went ahead and booked the suite. #6170 on Empress deck. Our three daughters are in balcony cabins and I know they will want to 'congregate' in our room so the space will be utilized for sure. The penthouse suite looks like it's the same size but with a whilpool bath? I'll save the money.
The balcony sounds great. Do you think the weather (Jan 31 to Feb 7, Mex Riviera trip) will be nice enough to enjoy it? Probably a silly question. One more silly question: Does anyone know if the game room has Dominoes? We love to play Mexican train. THANKS ALL!!