I booked a specific room on the Emerald Princess for our Nov. 19th Southern cruise and Princess upgraded us to what they considered a better room. We (my hubby) do prefer to be up front where a lot of people don't like to be (I know; we're strange). I contacted them when I noticed a different stateroom no. on our docs and they were kind enough to place us back in our original booked stateroom. Actually, as long as I have a balcony and I'm on the ship, I'm a pretty happy lady!!!