Jeff, this will be my 7th cruise, 6 with carnival and 1 with princess. I have had a great time on every one, all being different. You can relax all you want or be on the go or do both. You will have agreat time. Once you cruise it will be your vacation of choice forever. I love making cruise choices, like do I want room service, go to dining room or to the buffet. and that is just at breakfast. Go you will Love it.
No luck yet with the Kelly method, but I did receive my documents today! I'm surprised we got them so soon - they didn't reflect our upgrade so I called my TA. It's in the computer but no room yet. I'll keep trying!
We're lucky - we live in the Ft. Lauderdale area so no flights to worry about. The port is about 20 min. from my office. If you've never left from Ft. Lauderdale, the airport is about 5 minutes from the port so it's really easy to get there.