Actually, my family has made it a point to go on 2 7-day (some times longer) cruises per year. I'm 39. The cruise really is the best vacation value out there - in my humble opinion. You unpack on day 1 and don't have to worry about a thing for at least 7 days. No phones ringing, etc.
Don't let one small detail which might annoy you ruin your vacation - there's bound to be 1 or 2 things that you might be frustrated/annoyed by, but make the best of it! For example, embarkation can sometimes be a hassle, but once you're on the ship forget about embarkation.
The Supper Club is a dining experience in a location different from where you will eat most of your meals. It is on the back of the ship and offers Prime USDA Choice meats and seafood. It's a five course meal and, to me, well worth the extra price - about $20 - $25 per person. You will need about 2 - 2.5 hrs to enjoy the entire meal. The food is fabulous. Not that the food in the dining room is not great as well, this just allows for variety during your cruise.
Like I said in my first response, this ship seems to be a little more subdued and the clientele is somewhat more senior than that of other ships (not that there is anything wrong with this). Public areas, except the disco, seem to close up a little earlier than on other ships.
One thing many people still do not know (keep this between us
) is that you can order anything you want when eating in the dining room - if you want 2 lobsters (or more) just ask, they will deliver. If you want 2 entrees because you can't make up your mind, order 2 entrees (or more if you want).
If you don't like your dining time or seating, see the Maitr 'de and he will most likely accomodate any changes- I would recommend you go to the dining room as soon after you get on the ship as possible. Check your sign and sail card for your table assignment. The reason you want to go early...well, there's 2 reasons actually. 1) so you can change time/seating and get this out of the way to enjoy and explore the ship. 2) the longer you wait the longer the line becomes to actually see the Maitr 'de. If you simply don't care about what time you eat or your table assignment begin enjoying/exploring the cruise ship right away.
If you find you don't want to go to the dining room on any given evening (maybe you don't want to get dressed up tonight) you can always visit the lido deck - many times they have the same entrees as they have in the dining room.
Let's see, what else...oh yeah, when they call for the mandatory life boat drill, usually just before the ship leaves port, wait until last call so that you can stand at the front of the lines, closest to the ocean - they pack you in like sardines and it can become hot. If you go at last call, you can be at the front of the line rather than being trapped against the wall. The life boat drill is the worse part of the entire cruise. Although it is bearable and lasts for maybe 20 minutes.
Well, I guess that's all for now. If you have any specific questions feel free to shoot them my way and I'll try to answer.
Did they change any part of your itinerary due to the storms?