Thank you so much for your lengthy and VERY informative response. You are so right about needing to cruise the prospective ship beforehand. I have planned a couple of cruises with HAL but none with RSSC....maybe it was meant to be. I honestly don't think I will have enought time to do another cruise before the world cruise. I did take the Inner Passage Alaska cruise with a land extension with HAL and was thorougly impressed with everything; I doubt I will be disappointed with HAL but you are right...it is a long time and I want to be sure.
Thanks again for your response and time! Your feedback is definately not too late and if you think of anything else I would greatly appreciate your advice.