We were in category 2C, partially obstructed balcony, which was less expensive than the oceanview cabins without balcony. I would highly recommend this category. The obstruction was only if you looked down, not out and we felt that the cabin was a great bargain. Since the category 2C and 2D cabins were the lowest balcony category, I would probably book a balcony guarantee next time. Many people that we met received wonderful upgrades by doing that.