Thanks Paul, I really did enjoy our adventure and I am so glad we got to go. D/H and I agree that we would like to see a different region of Europe and sail on either RCCL or NCL, or even Carnival though. No more Costa for us. I really don't know if we got a terrific deal on the cruise or not, but the dates were right for us. I had bought air when we had originally booked a transatlantic cruise on the Jade, then when NCL decided to keep the Jade in Europe they cancelled our cruise. I didn't want to waste the money I spent on the tickets I had booked already, so I went ahead and booked this cruise and then booked return air, and the pricing was decent. The best part though was how well the timing worked out. I guess Rome is flooded right now from recent torrential rains, the rioting that was going on in Greece is now spreading to areas in Italy and Spain, and the U.S. Dollar offered a great exchange rate compared to a few months before.
Looking forward to meeting you and the gang in NOLA!