Auggiemom - Plan on getting on the ship as early as possible - then if you see the room/balcony and aren't happy, go to guest relations and complain. I can almost guarantee you that they will move you, if at all possible. We did that President's week (and there was a big sign that said the ship was full). We were moved from a room overlooking the lifeboats (mid ship - Radiance - 7th floor) to a room, Aft with a Huge balcony that looked right over the water. Good luck!