I have had Cabin 8229 on the Freedom (same location except on Starboard side of ship). Don't worry about the bridge, you have a good enough view. As for the number of people, you can get four on the balcony, it'd be tight, but you can do it....
That cabin will have an even better view when arriving or leaving port because you can see the Captain/officers at work. You'll notice the captain standing along one side of the bridge docking cuz there is slarge hole with glass that the captain looks down to find their X as to where the ship is supposed to stop on.
2007 Victory & Triumph
2008 Conquest & Liberty
2009 Valor, Freedom, and Splendor
2010 Glory and Liberty
I gotta go where it's warm.....
Over 40 victim of fate.....