We are sailing the Victory next month. We however are doing the Caribbean stops. So will be able to help you later with the ship.
As for the 4 or 5 day idea, that is what we did our first time out. Were afraid that a 3 day wouldn't be enough if we enjoyed it. And 7 would be too long if we didn't enjoy it. So we opted for a 5 day. Just right.
That lead us to another 5 day (great deal) and then a 7 day. This past summer did a 6 day and are awaiting our next 7 day. Yup, guess you could say were are hooked
Always better to be able to drive rather than fly. Save that extra $ for spending in the ports or on the ship. Being from Upstate NY we know how expensive it is to fly out of wonderful NY State.
Once we return, we will post about the ship.
Until then, enjoy the planning part. One of my favorite times.