Notes: LOVED this room and its location!
I chose this room for the 2010 WB transatlantic voyage based on reviews I read on the DIS along with the idea of having extra free room, and I was not disappointed!
*The Stateroom Itself:
The 14 nights I spent on this cruise were immediately before the Magic's dry dock, yet there were no functional or aesthetic issues.
Indeed there's a lot of extra space in this stateroom due to the location of the cabin on the ship as the ship's bow comes around to meet the edge of the ship's side. There was approximately 1 foot from the edge of the couch to the side of the far wall as well as over 2 feet from the night stand to the couch. I volunteered to open my room for our DISboard's stateroom tour we had organized, and many were in shock to how much more room this stateroom had! It felt like you were more in a hotel than inside a ship's stateroom because of the extra space!
Another thing that is unique to this stateroom is that the porthole is at an angle, slanting down towards the water. This was very enjoyable because honestly you could see more of the horizon and water due to its slant.
I'll also add that there is a single steamer trunk that is inset into the wall as well in this stateroom.
In general, this is such a quiet location because it's far forward (little foot traffic) as well as a small jaunt from the main stateroom hallway.
The Orchestra Pit entrance is only two doors down and across the hall from this stateroom. So yes, if you are not at dinner or chose to not attend the show in the Walt Disney Theater (WDT)that night, it's true that you can hear the audio from the show in your room, but it's not enough that it would wake anyone up from a sleep, honestly. IMO, it's nothing at all to be concerned about.
The only other time that noise is an issue, and frankly it was loud, is when the ship is docking. If you go into ports, typically you would most likely already be up, off to breakfast, or it would be close to time to get up when the rudders are doing their work. I never had an issue with it until the last night coming into Port Canaveral.
We were told the night before that we would be arriving in PC around 4:00 am, which is earlier than normal because they had contractors on stand-by waiting our arrival to get work started for dry dock. Indeed the rudders woke me and my neighbors up at 4:15 am and didn't really stop until about 5:45 am (they had to unload from one side of the ship, turn the ship around, then dock it again, so the rudders didn't stop for most of that time). Again, although this was an issue on the last night, it was never a problem the other 5 port days that we had on the voyage because I wasn't sleeping when the rudders were required. In fact, I was out of the room already.
*Location, Location, Location:
Loved it! Overall, both vertically and horizontally, I thought this was a great location! It was just perfect with the one exception that the Deck 9 aft drink station is too far away for any convenience. The elevators were infrequently used because you're really just a flight, maybe two flights of stairs away from a lot of the public areas you would go to, including dining rooms, Beat Street, the Atrium, Guest Services, Shopping, and WDT. When elevators were needed, there was never a long wait for them to arrive and certainly no issue with one arriving and already being full.
Another advantage of its location is that when you arrive at a port, you are only one deck above getting off the ship! So it was a joy to not deal with crowded elevators in the morning to get off the ship nor in the afternoon close to all aboard time.
There's also a laundry room on Deck 2 midship that was a necessity to use for this long voyage, so that was convenient as well.
In terms of being forward on the ship and breaking the water, I never felt like the room rocked more than the rest of the ship when it was swaying.
I also appreciated the forward location because it is the same vertical area as Cove Cafe, Quiet Cove Pool, Beat Street, WDT, the two gift shops, the forward gangway, and not far from the atrium and Lumiere's, either.
*Do It Again?:
ABSOLUTELY! From here on out, if I'm not getting a veranda stateroom, I will absolutely shoot to get this room or one of the couple of other rooms on Deck 2 Forward that are just like it in terms of size!!