You succesfully answered my first question -- now for the second --- since we are needing to go in March -- how do I avoid spring breakers??? I don't have anything against "the crowd" -- I was once one myself -- but, I would rather a more subdued time . . .
Longer cruise is the best bet. Choose a line that limits the numbers of children. Choose one that doesn't rate high on kids activities cruise ratings polls. Avoid Disney, Carnival, and R.C.C.L. The more expensive the cruise, the fewer children there will be. Also I think early March is better than later March. Avoid Easter week, Holy Week, etc.
Better yet, sail in October. Try Cunard. QM2 would be a nice choice and you can be the first on your block.
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Re: How To Avoid Spring Break
Early March and avoid Carnival, Disney and RCCL like the plague along with 7 day Princess cruises. Go for 8 days or longer and find a more exotic itinerary....could you possibly swing a 10 day r/t out of Fort Lauderdale Panama Canal cruise? That might be an option - Princess limits the number of kids and it is a longer itinerary.
Carnival Breeze with Ray B and Aerogirl 5/4/14!