Thanks Paula. My partner, of 26 years, and I sailed Hal last May to Alaska on a straight cruise. We had a great time but saw NO other lesbian couples. It was our first cruise and we decided, like you, because of costs we would travel on a straight cruise. The crew was wonderful. We only met one older couple that tried to make it a bit uncomfortable, but that didn't work. My partner and I are not comfortable showing affection, i.e. holding hands and lite kissing, in the general staright world. That was the reason we gave in and decided to go with Olivia. We actually are so excited about being able to enjoy the entire cruise experience. Thanks for your response.