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I have Joy booked for this December and have two aft balconies on hold. One is on deck 9 and one on deck 13....pros and cons to either? We typically sail in a large balcony and have never done aft. 

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We have had Aft balconies on Encore which should be same design.  Aft views are great!

 

Deck 9 should be a deeper balcony.   Deck 13 would be more centrally located to those who want to go up to pool deck and Observation Lounge, or down to Decks 6/7/8 where other venues are located.    Also Deck 13 might be considered a better view as Deck 9 is directly above a covered walkway on Deck 8.   

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The aft-facing balconies on Joy differ in depth by deck, and by width. The staterooms differ by bed location (near the closet vs near the balcony). 

 

Deck 9 is the deepest deck. 

Deck 13 is the least deep deck. 

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We had an aft balcony on the Joy on Deck 12 last year. Deck 9 is over restaurants so may have some noise, while Deck 13 has cabins above and below. The elevators are often crowded so we used the stairway most of the time  Take a look at the distance to activities from the cabin and decide which is most convenient, eg swimming closer from Deck 13. Aft cabins have an excellent view and we enjoyed the Joy.

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For us, bigger is not necessarily better. It is location location location. So, we would pick Deck 13. A little more distant from the azipod churn. A little more distant from the aft walkway which circles the back of the ship on Deck 8. A little better view.

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