Thanks for the responses. I was waiting for my TA to get back in touch with me. Talking with her helped pursuade me after hearing about her experience on this itinerary (cool weather, where they did not utilize the balcony very much (but of course it could be a warm spell this year)). The prices she found on balcony cabins weren't any better than I had found, so we've decided to go with the cat K inside cabin guarantee. (It's got to be more comfortable than the last time we sailed this area--off the coast of Maine on a sailing schooner where there wasn't even room to sit up in bed.) Maybe we'll get upgraded, maybe not. The great news is we'll be back on the Golden in 87 days.