Hey, go for it. We are booked for the Cape Town to Valpairso twenty four day cruise via Antarctica on Dec. 19. This will be our second on the Royal, the other being Buenos Aires to Valpairso in Nov. of '01. We love this ship for its smaller size and its mellow age and fittings. If you're looking for Las Vegas, this isn't your ship. We were on the Millennium trans-atlantic this past April, and it was nice, but we prefer the Royal to all the glitter and massiveness of the new ships. But, of course, different strokes for different folks.