Cruised on Explorer 2008, we were on the back of the ship, second balcony from the left, on the sixth floor. There was about 10 feet of deck beyond our balcony railing, so, as least from the sixth floor, is only straight ahead. You can't look down straight into the water, and there are obstructions, but, we were able to see pretty well. The best part was that the balcony was HUGE!! We had two chaise loungers, two chairs/arms, and a table large enough to eat breakfast at!