We had been watching prices on Royal Caribbean for a while. We actually ended up paying more than necessary. We had seen this cruise for $219 (55 rate). I tried to talk my husband into booking it then, but didn't have any luck. Well, of course, it went up. Anyway, we ended up booking it for $239, which is still a good price. I'm ready to pack!!! I'm really looking forward to trying Royal Caribbean, and I'm sure we'll have a great time. Thanks for your interest!