Cortney......You appear to be booked in a Category 4J Cabin. I have done this Category in the past and will be doing so again in Feb.2012 aboard the Carnival Splendor (Cabin 9203). They are fine and comfortable cabins, some of which are quite roomy. you will have easy access to the forward veranda/balcony and, though it may be a bit windy when the ship is underway, you will enjoy a lot of privacy out there. Don't worry about the stairs...the staterooms are quite well insulated and it is a very low traffic area! We like these forward cabins.The Carnival Freedom is a wonderful ship!! We just cruised on her to the Panama Canal last week! The Maitre'De in the Posh Dining Room Goran Gorigjewski is awesome!!