Hi Vickie, I am a school teacher also and STILL working. The Royal Caribbean is a great line and all I have ever sailed. The liberty and Independence are in the same class; really large ships. Look it up on line...you may be impressed. I don't have any firmed plans but want to go to Spain maybe at the end of August. I stayed there 3 months last year. I have friends there and want to come back on the ship so i don't need to weigh in at the airport and can bring some stuff with me. Let's keep in contact for future transatlantics.