I chose the full world cruise because of its long duration and the ports of call, and this ship because it is just the right size for me, and I know its crew and amenities from my previous 600+ days on board. It was indeed like coming home, and the staff said, "Welcome back." At the ports where I had visited before, I either took different land excursions, or revisited some to see the changes over the years. I enjoyed all the benefits of the owner's suite, and my daughters took turn occupying the adjacent cabin for different segments. Joined together, these two accommodations provided a lot of space to enjoy on sea days. We all attended and learned much from the lecturers. Special events such as the dine-around, crew games, and boat-building were lots of fun. Our butler was exceptional, anticipating our preferences or desires before we even thought of them, and efficiently organized the unpacking and repacking. The captain and officers were always visible and very accessible, and the head chef was extremely obliging with special requests.
Since our entire voyage had calm seas, I have no complaints whatever about being so far forward. Lay-out and amenities were excellent. Very specious when combined with the adjacent suite 603. While I prefer port side, it was not available when I signed up.