Wow, six months is not a long time to wait for a cruise a year and a half is. Congrats on your booking. I'm sure you will have a wonderful time. DW and I will be on the Independence is a couple of months and we are excited. Be sure to book all of your shore excursions and onboard activities online (Royal Caribbean's website) before you leave home. This will save you a lot of time once onboard. Six months will be up before you know it. Enjoy your cruise.