We had an E1 deck 8 aft on Freedom last Oct. These balconies are just like the ones on Voyager class ships, having some structural beams crossing the back view. Of course an E catagory cabin is smaller than a JS and does not have a walkin closet. We don't mind the less square feet, and certainly do not miss having a bathtub, tho' the larger size of the JS bathroom is very desirable. If you are looking for a lot of storage room, you are going to be disappointed. But just bring less! Most of us overpack anyway. We've had a JS twice, both times because the price was equal to or less than a D cabin. For a 7 night cruise, the extra space is just not worth the cost to us.