We had an aft balcony on Ruby Princess it was extra deep - we had two straight chairs and two lounge chairs. Sailaways from most ports were very nice, but you bet as we left Venice we are on the bow taking in the view as we approached.
Two sides of the same coin. There is far less foot traffic with these cabins but it can be a long hike when you want to go all the way forward.
A Bad Day At Sea [with power] Always Beats A Good Day At Work
Alaska 2014 - haven't picked a cruise yet
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, Caribbean 2013