Thanks, James North, for the great info.
What happened on your cruise that started it out badly?
We are sailing on HAL Statendam. Glad to hear that the insect repellant is not needed. I don't mind cold weather at all - just hope it is not raining. Live in Alabama and this year has been the worst for rain, rain and more rain and the mosquitos have been tough this year too.
Have seen the Gortex jackets and, yes, they do appear to do just as described, so we have added them to our list of things to buy.
We are currently shopping for a good digital camera. I appreciate the info.
Enjoy your cruise!