We are booked on the Mercury for this cruise. The Mercury was our first cruise in 1998 (W. Caribbean in February). Since, we have been on the Galaxy, Horizon, and Millennium (our first veranda cabin). Also have been on Holland America Noordham and Commodore Enchanted Capri. We have a Cat. 2 on the Vista Deck. Got a special price on this one (through most excellent travel agent Lori Cunningham of Skyscraper Tours ) right here where we live in Arkansas. It would cost the price of 2 helicoptor tours to upgrade to a Sky Suite because of this price and reduced airfare. We have an excellent stateroom, midships with a veranda. This is our second trip to Hawaii, but first one cruising. We are really looking forward to this trip! The Big Island is our favorite and the Volcanos National Park a must see. You don't want to miss it!