We just returned from the Golden E220 & E222. We were in 220 - between 2 lifeboats. Mom & friend were in 222. They had a boat covering the width of the window - but, you can see over the lifeboat. The view is not totally obstructed. Like Nanatravel said, the location on the ship is really a good one. Chances of a further upgrade are slim - but never say never.