We're on that cruise 10/10/04. I found your analysis to be interesting and informative. We're not rookies as we cruise twice a year so like you we won't be star struck. I've seen this ship reviewed on the travel channel and liked what I saw and like you I was attracted by the price. I'm not from Texas either and because of the hassle of the airports being distant I think a lot of people just go out of Flordia. I deceided to drive the 2 day trip and spend 2 days in Galveston. thanks for taking the time to critique the cruise.