ML... the very next week, first week in January, is one of the best weeks of the year to book... considerably below New Years. You pay a huge premium to lift a glass on New Years Eve on a ship loaded with kids. Except for New Years eve, it is exactly the same as any other cruise on the ship. Great savings are offered on the following week... people are all "spent out" over the holidays... lift (air) is still at a bit of a premium... go out for a great dinner at home on NewYears eve, sail the following week and save big bucks... AND... avoid the kids, too. Just my opinion!