We're in the same boat, so to speak. We will be sailing on Carnival's Elation in 3 weeks (June 5, 2005) and our boys are 5 (turning 6 in July) and 7. They are very close and the 5-year old is going into First Grade. It would be a shame for them to put him with the toddlers and preschoolers (2-5). My Carnival agent told me there is some flexibility, so we should just request he be placed in the 6-8 camp w/ his brother.