On my previous 4 cruises with Carnival I had always booked a balcony cabin. I had booked a Superior Oceanview cabin on this cruise and it was great. I may even be converted to this type from the balcony. We were in Cabin 9036 which is right next to the elevator and it was very nice. Although it had a partially obstructed view it was still good. I would not hesitate to book this cabin again on any future cruises with RCCL. I would highly recommend paying the difference for a category SO. The cabin was bigger than the balcony cabins on my previous Carnival cruises. Bathrooms were not much bigger but had a better layout on this ship. It had a flat screen tv and adaquate closet and drawer space for everything.