category when you book. When I'm booking a cabin, we always refer to http://www.vacationstogo.com/cruise_ship_deck_plans.cfm,
This way I know where I will be staying, if the elevators are close by etc. I want to know if the cabin I choose is forward, amidships, aft, port or starboard side, and if lifeboats or any rigging is going to block my view.
Is the balcony full size or lesser because of a ship configuration? As a bonus they will sometimes offer you cabin $$$ credits or a meal in one of the extra charge restaurants. Be a smart shopper and do a few extra steps to get exactly
what you want and expect.