Well, I'd like to thank everyone for their help! We have decided to book the Carnival Splendor and after an exhaustive search I have found a travel agent. We are booking an 8C balcony stateroom and I'm currently in the process of purchasing trip insurance and making flight arrangements, as it seems cheaper to do this on my own. I would have not had the first clue in any of this had it not been for all of the information I've received from this forum. Hopefully our first cruise will be a memorable first of many memorable firsts!