Imagine yourself walking up to the side of a lifeboat and standing about 6' away from the side. Look at the side of the lifeboat, same view. <> Really, it means that your view does consist of the side of one of the lifeboats but you can usually see a little around the sides or straight down or up. The main thing is you get sunlight in these cabins.
And they are cheaper. But remember to close the drapes when you are in port. This is the time when maintenance is done on the lifeboats, and there are often crewmen walking on the boats and walkways. No sense giving them a show. <G>