Have you thought about delaying your departure? I'm interested in taking a Caribbean or Alaskan cruise departing sometime between 19-23 Sept. and am having difficulty finding a travel partner. I'm a SWF, age 29 and an airline employee. I can take advantage of "interline" rates as airline staff. Interline rates are comparable to the $299.00 deal you were offered from your travel agent. Let me know if you are interested. I'm sure we'd have a blast!