About the aft balcony. I actually had a aft balcony when i was on royal caribbean explore. I def didnt like it becuase of all the noise and vibrations. I would perfer an inside cabin in the middle of the ship over a aft balcony. But hey the view is awsome and im pretty sure the elevators are pretty far from your room too. But hey its up to you, if u can stand the noise and vibrations then go head n stay there.
Carnival Splendor-July 26th, 2009
Carnival Spirit-2007/2008(New Years Cruise)
RCCL Voyager of the Seas-2005
RCCL Mainer of the Seas-2005
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