I actually liked the buffer areas on Ruby (I assume like Grand) and the aft pool was great. It was odd having to go through other areas, casino or wheelhouse bar, to get to the theatre.
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