Thanks for all the advice - I did book in the bow - I couldn't get true mid-ship because the suites are there. I thought the price of a balcony was bad enough. I know it seems foolish but we are going to be gone 3 weeks and the laundromat seemed really important - I want to pack as light as possible. The last cruise they wanted $1.00 to wash a pair of socks!
Interesting tho is on the Grand Princess the farther up you go the cheaper it gets and the bow & stern are the same price but the bow sold out really fast. I suspect they must be holding rooms - it seems too early to be sold out.
I'm counting on the Med not being too rough and since it's so port intensive I know I can put my feet on land before long.
Thanks again, Marie