Here are a couple videos and pictures from Navigator and Explorer for anyone who may have the same questions...
And a small photo review from Explorer...
I'm not concerned about the high and forward location. If it's a little bumpy along the way, we will take some more bonine and enjoy the view from up high.
The only cabin available does have a connecting cabin which I swore we would never do again after a cruise several years ago on Brilliance. Our cabin neighbors weren't purposely obnoxious but we felt it would have been better off just to open the connecting door since we heard every move and noise they made. I'm hoping with these newer (and better insulated?) cabins the connecting door isn't an issue but I am nervous about it. Is there a lot of traffic from people leaving the pool deck and heading toward the forward elevators and spa? Daytime noise doesn't bother me but nighttime might.
Any other thoughts or concerns from anyone who has experience with these balconies? We typically just go for a regular balcony somewhere midship but I've always been intrigued by these new(er) additions.