We booked an inside gurantee on Pride for last Feb to Mex Riv. When we got there, they had given us a 4th deck outside with the French doors as you described. We were even with life boats but were right between them so we had perfect view straight out. This was as good as the outside cabin we paid for on RCCL on a previous trip. We were happy with it, plenty of room and a small couch. For the price of an inside.