Thanks for the great advice! I'm so sad to see the Royal go to P & O. These smaller ships have always been my fave. Happy to know that the weather isn't too terrible. A friend of mine was on the ship last year for this cruise, and he mentioned blizzard conditions...so that made we wonder what I was up against packing-wise.
Have a great time on the Manaus-Rome cruise. I was hoping to book that one as well...but my employer was kind enough to let me take this voyage...don't want to push my luck!