We are on the VOS on September 24 out of Bayonne we are booked in cabin 7388 and we have friends in 7390....aft balcony. It will be my first balcony and I am interested to see what it will be like to sail on the aft ,but I am a little concerned about how far away we will be from everything. Every other cruise we were midship and we were always not far from elevators or stairs. Will there be stairs or anything nearby or will we have to walk very far to get off our deck? I dont have a huge problem with walking (it will burn off all those extra calories) but I would like to warn the others in our party, they have never cruised and really dont know what to expect so I dont want them to be disappointed with the cabin, we did talk them into the aft balcony after all!
Actually, its not that long a walk to the elevators or stairs, unlike the Radiance class, where you need to walk all the way midship before you can go up or down, it wasn't nearly as long on VOS. Enjoy the balcony.
On Navigator we had a cabin almost in the aft and its not that far of a walk to the stairs/elevators. We were on the 10th floor though which meant it was only one flight up to Windjammers and a few down to the dining room. That was nice when the elevators were crowded. Plus we have a little one so it was easier for him, though he loved riding in the elevators! You will do more walking exploring the ship, plus think of it as a way to burn off those extra calories! I actually lost weight on the cruise since at home I dont do much.
I was midship, deck 9, on the Mariner and I wished I was father back on the ship. The elevators and the stairs are both aft and forward. There is no way to go up or down midship because of the promenade. I think aft is better since most of the "action" is towards the rear on these ships anyway.
Just returned from Voyager. We were in room 9340. Almost everything is midship. I found it easy to get around. The dining rooms and restaurants are all aft. The theater is forward. Pools, casino, shopping is midship. I had our first balcony. Loved it. Have fun.
We were in 9692 - an aft balcony stateroom on the Voyager in May. The first day I must admit I thought I had made a mistake booking a cabin so far from the elevators but by the second day we actually enjoyed the stroll back to our cabin. I just made sure I had everything with me (suntan lotion, book, camera, etc) before I left the cabin in the morning.