We are going to be booking a 5 night cruise in April. We have planned to get the interior cabin to save money. The choice is there pick your cabin or reserved interior. There is almost a $100 difference. I've called Royal Caribbean and was told that, though they can't tell for sure, more than likely we will be on deck 2. I see the ice skating rink is on this deck and am not sure if this is a problem. We've never cruised before so would love to hear any feedback about if we let them pick the cabin.
We have had a balcony on all 8 of our cruises. Once you go balcony, you won't go back. LOL!!! I like it because I wake up much earlier than my non husband so I order room service breakfast and have that and my coffee out on the balcony. When he wakes up we go to the lido. Also, on our 1st two cruises I slept out on the balcony every night because he was snoring. At home we slept in separate rooms. If we didn't have a balcony, I would not have gotten any sleep. Now, he has a CPAP machine and all is well.
I have also started taking binoculars with me to look at what else is out there with me.
I also like to study the deck plan to see what is above and below me as far as noise goes.
I truly do spend a lot of time out there and I'd be lost without it.
I have gone inside and balcony, depending on the cruise and the budget I still do some inside cabins.
The issue posted is to pic an specific cabin or a "guarantee cabin" Keep in mind that the cabins left for Guarantee is the ones that nobody picked. so you get bad location like over or under a club, next to elevator or crew access door and under the open deck or kitchen.
I'd pay the few bucks more and have a location where I can sleep. (I get cranky when I don't get to sleep)
Thank you for the replies. Finances are a issue so that helps make up my mind. I don't want to invest and then not sleep! I can't function sleepy. Lol. The link in the first reply was helpful as well.