Hey guys. My name is Chad....my friend Paul and I will also be on the Rio cruise in Feb. 08 and it will also be our first cruise gay or otherwise, so it sounds like we're in the same boat...(no pun intended). I'm 36 and he's 39, both of us live in Dallas and can't wait to go....tho we have no idea what to expect. Everything I've heard has been positive and how can you go wrong with Rio, Carnival and Buenos Aires?? Anyway, I hope to see a response to your Sambadrome question posted on here....am wondering the same thing myself. If I hear anything I'll let you know.