Lisa has really put it nicely. The cabins are the same size and are no differant on any deck level. In addition you will not feel near as much motion down low and it is also nice an quite for sleeping. With an outside cabin you will be close to the water and it is nice to be able to see out directly at the sea so close. When you are up higher you don't see the ocean very close at all. The location of your cabin means that nobody is going to be wandering by your cabin and making noise at 4 am in the morning. <G> Go and enjoy and let us know how you like the cruise. One of the things I forgot to mention is that a smaller agency that does not sell much CCL is less likely to get upgrades as well as they have less 'pull' with a cruiseline.