Paul, That is a fantastic fare! Just today I phoned a TA here. We are very interested in the Feb03 cruise Carnival in Rio on the Mercury as well. I wonder if it is because this is a unique cruise and it is at carnival time, but my quote in CDN was $3039 plus $320 port taxes for cat 8. The TA was also told that it was filling up fairly quickly (sales ploy?). I am planning to use a CDN program called Air Miles for my airfare and am limited to flying in and out of Buenos Aires (otherwise I would need more than double the credits I have strived to earn). Would you be willing to pass along your travel savy? The cruise you choose sounds terrific!