Sid1962: Great minds think alike, lol!
How are the prices on your October sailing? We thought about October, but what sold us on September 25 (West to East) was: 16 nights, we get the CC cabin 9038, which has the bump-out veranda, and right under the Aqua Spa / Thallossotherapy (makes it easy for snagging a chaise before the chair hogs reserve them all, lol).
Our cruise came down $400 in the past 2 weeks, we thought it was a steal.
I hear you about the dining room. Did you read the reviews on Pacific Princess? Having been on that particular cruise, other passengers I met and know had an awful experience and did not dine in the main dining room at all.
We've enjoyed the casual dining on X, and you're right- it's less frantic and loud, and more calming. The menu is good and the food servers spend a little more time. We also like the Sushi and Pizza station and specialty dining.
Hope you enjoy your cruise!