That's what it looks like, to keep people from the flagpole. On the Magic and Wonder, access to the flagpole is on Deck 5 aft...another one of those areas that are "grey". There is a crew stateroom down there, with a nice sized balcony. Years ago, I'd been told it was the Cruise Director's room, but on my last cruise, I had the HC room just above it, and it wasn't the CD's room. A few of the CM's had a party out there one night. Anyway.....point being.....and this will make you feel somewhat better....the grey area on the back of the Dream, where there is just a door going outside....that will be a crew area where they can go put the flag up in the morning and put it back down. So yes, they do take it down every night. And yes.....so far, they have not added the balcony dividers...probably because it's easier for the workmen to paint, etc, and go back and forth, without having to go through the staterooms to do it.