KK - I can't comment on your specific cabin selection question, but I can respond to the "choosing an inside cabin" question. We almost always choose an inside cabin, mainly because of the cost factor. Spending less on the cabin lets us spend more on any/everything else. We also like the inside because we tend to wake with the sun, so we tend to sleep in a little later. We also tend to choose a cabin on a lower deck and in the aft area. I like to be somewhere close to the aft elevators - most passengers tend to forget about them so there's hardly ever a crush of people trying to use them. Whichever category you choose - remember to have a wonderful cruise . . . you're in the ocean - how bad can it be?