Keith and Rita...we have had all kinds of cabins but never a cabin with an obstructed view. We like suites, had a balcony, nice to have ocean view and happy in an inside room. Just get us onboard and we are happy as two June Bugs. (We were upgraded to the suite)
I met someone though that had a cabin like this and truthfully, it did not bother them because they were not in the cabin that much. I bet you all are the same way...going here and going there.
The husband had to have a window because he thought he would feel closed in. They could not see anything and kept their curtain shut most of the time because she did not like seeing the life boat, LOL. Their next cruise they are getting an inside room and he loved the complete darkness and cheaper price.
We have booked directly with the cruiseline. Since you have done this, keep calling and maybe someone will cancell at the last minute if you want another cabin. When we booked with them...they made changes for us and even found a better deal than we had. Most of the time though, it is cheaper going with the T/A. Twice, it was not for us...and it was real close to the time of sailing...that is the reason. Another thing, if you go thru a travel agent, and most of the time we do, the cruiseline will refer you to your T/A to check and do things.
We always get there the day before the ship sails and in the group that boards first. You could check and see if they have another room to upgrade yourself before they all get gone if you get to the terminal early.
We have had cabins lower and rather be midway because when you are lower down...you have to take the elevators a lot and when we are midway, we tend to take the stairs to get places and like the exercise. Well...let me rephase that, we tell ourselves it is good for us and we can eat more that way, LOL.
No matter what, you have a cabin...YOU ARE ONBOARD<]...with your sweetie....sailing away...that is all that matters! You all like those sunsets like we do and you can see them better on the top deck, LOL.
We could be happy in the boiler room :D ..in a hammock ,...just as long as we are together and cruising.