About 4 days before our cruise, we got an email with a new cabin number---mid ship, tub, and with a super deep veranda with Plexiglas walls and even 2 lounge chairs on the deck as well as the 2 other chairs, ottoman, and little side table. About a day or 2 before the cruise, I called again because I noticed a couple suites opened up and I wanted to see if I could get an up sell for really cheap, like we did a couple years ago. This time they quoted me $250 for a signature suite and $350 for the Neptune. I was tempted, but also curious about the VA room we were reassigned. Apparently there are 4 of these rooms---1 on either side of the lifeboats, so they're a little deeper then the boats are wide (about 14'). I read a lot of mixed reviews about those rooms. Some people liked the extra space, others didn't because most of the veranda wasn't covered and, therefore, didn't have privacy. I wonder if that's how we ended up with it. I don't know for sure, just that there were no veranda rooms showing available for the last week or so before the cruise.
I'd say the actual covered area of our veranda was about what the regular verandas have. We were on the sunrise side of the ship most of the time, so only got to watch sunset from our veranda 2 nights. But I did spend a lot of time out there enjoying just gazing at the water.
This was my 2nd time on a Western Caribbean cruise. Our ports were Key West, Grand Cayman, Jamaica (Falmouth), and HAL's private island in the Bahamas---Half Moon Cay.
This was my 16th cruise. Considering how my 1st one was, being evacuated back to Ft. Lauderdale with my Dad, I'm happy to say they've all been great since then.