Hi there - I really enjoyed reading your response and I appreciate you paying the extra cost for the Olivia experience. Last year when we took our HAL "straight" cruise, the only other gay woman we saw was the lady in charge of the shore excursions that worked on the ship, did you happen to take the Staendam? We went to Alaska last July, we also treated my partner's aunt and uncle to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. We sat with them on formal night awith two other quite religious couples. Being with aunt and uncle helped make it more comfortable. This time we are on our own but aren't worried. We will be at a table for 6 this time, we can only hope they aren't overly religious, we can only hope for the best. I would love to go on an Olivia cruise, I will be retirring in less than 3 years, sounds like a good reason to celebrate with Olivia. Please post your experience when you get back and have a blast!