Anita: We were on the Golden and had a balcony on the Aloha deck. It was covered. The balconies that are uncovered should be no problem only as you mentioned if it rained, and it seldom does. That was our experience anyway no rain!!!! For our cruise in April 05 we have a balcony on the Baja deck, one deck below the Aloha, only because we did hear noise when they were moving chairs etc. above us. Usually people choose to use their balcony in the morning when pulling into port. Its great to see all the action when approaching the islands. Also its nice to sit and read and relax. I really enjoyed our balcony in the morning with a cup of coffee and the wonderful view of the approaching islands. In the evening the total darkness is still!! We hope to do the cruise that you are doing in the future, my dream!! The time at sea will be wonderful with a balcony. Enjoy Hawaii !!!