Hi MKC22. I read your posting and am right there with you on all counts. We are taking our first cruise with the kids on HAL this summer on the Zuiderdam. We originally booked 24 days and then scaled it back to 12 days. We are in a VC category- we upgraded to an SA and then decided it probably wasn't worth the extra money for us. We are cautiously optimistic and have another cruise booked for next summer on the Eurodam in a VB
cabin assuming this one goes well. It should be interesting! The difference in the cost of the Verandah vs the Suite was almost enough to pay for the Eurodam cruise. I'll let you know how it goes.