i started a thread on 'all things cruising' with the heading 'but it isn't a cruise ship (or something similar). i guess that sums up my humble opinion. as for 'the try everything once' line of reasoning, there are LOTS of things in life i would never try once -- like bungee jumping off a bridge. my life may be poorer in some minds, but not in mine. but if you sail away on the floating mall of america, enjoy by all means. aren't choices great?