We happen to like the balcony on the stern (back)of the ship. You can watch the ships wake, and some beautiful view of ports left behind.
the bow is tapered in making it smaller. Also, you will hear the anchor being dropped, if the ship has to be tendered.
Maybe someone else like the bow, but I don't.
On HAL the aft pool and lido are right near by, not a lot of walking.