I can't thank you enough. This could be really overwhelming without having someone to ask all the questions to and I'm really glad I found this site before booking. I would love to go on one of the newer ships but I'm having to be budget minded for this first one since I'm treating my daughters. New Orleans is close enough for us to drive to without the expense of air fare. None of us have ever been on a cruise so we won't know the difference between the newer ships and the older ones. The Elation will probably seem amazing to us.