I havent been to any of the Ports. It just seems like I would like the excursions on the more expensive cruise better. However, $600 is a lot of money. That would be my fun money for the week on the less expensive cruise! I have already paid half of the Princess cruise but I wound up putting a deposit down on RCL (which is the cheaper cruise). Now I am just going to wait to see if the price goes down on Princess. The cruise is in April 2012, so I am hoping that the rates go down by December. I have to pay in full by January, so hopefully this strategy will work.