was the upgrade free? even if it was not, balconies are well worth it in my opinion! bring a bungee cord to keep the door open and all you will here is the soothing sounds of the ocean. it will lul you to sleep. it is very nice to sit out there and watch a sunset/sunrise, have a cup of coffee, smoke a cigar, read a book, etc etc etc. i think you will enjoy having the balcony no matter where it is on the ship.