Welcome aboard, New Cruisers. I could add a bunch but most of it has been said already. Only one thing I like to add: Please, don't call these things BOAT. The crew will hate you. Towards the end of your post you somehow reverted to SHIP; and that's what they are called. Have a grand time whom ever you travel (cruise) with. We are straight HAL cruisers. BTW, on our last cruise aboard the Amsterdam, the only time we saw the kids was in the dining room and most complaint about being tired since they had TOOOOO much to do. Just my nickel's worth.