I figure this cabin (offered as a free upgrade) is much better than a cabin on Empress with NO VIEW.. Plus, like you said, fresh air and being able to sit outside. Not to mention a bigger cabin. Another concern I have are the workers deciding to work on the boat, outside my cabin, with no warning. I guess we'll just have to keep an eye open for them. Regardless, NOTHING will ruin my cruise.. Obstructed view or not!! I'm ready for a Pina Colada... Thanks for the info!!