Going on my first cruise in September on Carnival Freedom to Key West, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios. Doing a lot of research so I am well prepared and informed prior to departure. Unsure about whether I need a passport or not. I heard there was a lesser type passport that covered travel by land and boat that is less costly and takes less time to acquire, but not sure where I'd get it at? Additionally, when selecting a room (we want a balcony), can we have input on the room selection? I am traveling with a person with some mobility issues (not major) but it would be better to have a room more centrally located to reduce the amount of walking she'd have to do. Not sure of the ship layout to know whether one area of the boat is better than another and whether we can request where they put us. I'm sure I'll have a ton more questions, but for now I'm going to read the forums and see what more I can learn. So glad I found the site!