"Cheery compromise" - always. "Stimulating verve"- hopefully. "Sterling character"- I try...My name is Pattie, this cruise would be the trip of my lifetime,so far...and it's compatible with my vacation time from "the job". I've never cruised, haven't been particularly interested in just the typical 'drinking, dancing, shopping'aspect of cruising...not that I don't participate in these activities, and I most definitely love to have fun, however this cruise would be more in line with the experience I'm desiring to have, I think...would you kindly send details - itinerary etc. Oh, by the way, I'm a 45 yr old female from So. Caifornia. Look forward to hearing from you.