Just a quick tip.. The prices are usually higher when the kids are out of school. I mention this because you are a teacher. Also some of the cruise lines cater more to
kids ie. Carnival, Disney. Just in case you wanted to escape the " weather" and the
"kids" ....... NCL cruises right out of Manhattan through the winter to the Carribean.
No airport hassle and they have higher end restaurants on board. I've been on
Carnival, Royal Carribean and the NCL Dawn last winter. I am also going on
the NCL Spirit this winter. What I like best about cruising is the dining room
experiences, piano bars and the shows. I have time for one more cruise
this winter and also have an ad with cruisemates........ Good luck