On the 8/11/02 sailing, the only $499 fare is an "open" Z Cat. On most sites, there is a waiting list for this price. On Rhapsody, K is the Main deck, 3rd from bottom, same floor as the Champagne Bar. A and B are the 2 lowest.
Thanks for your tips. When I sailed on Enchantment, I used RCCI's website to book and was happy. This time, I did pick my cabin which increases the price some. I knew more about cruises than my TA. I should have know this was a bad sign.
I used a AAA agent since I'm a member and I didn't even get a discount for that.
Live and learn.