Hate to break it to you, and ANY cruise veteran will tell you this, YOU DID have a balcony cabin. Do you mean to say that you couldn't see the ocean at all? You had an open air balcony that overlooked the ocean. Were you just planning on looking down from your balcony the entire cruise?‚  We have been on many cruises in the past where our balcony was one deck above the lifeboats yet never gave it a second thought!‚  If this was the ONLY problem you had on the cruise along with the smell (because you didn't review anything else), you had a great cruise I would guess!! Yet, you gave it 3 stars ???