Hi Jo, my name is annmarie. I'm a "young", single, retiree with two grown children. My husband and I were confirmed cruise-a-holics and I have been determined not to give up my love of cruising just because of the high prices and lack of a partner for evening activities. I am booked on the Crown Princess for the April 9th 2001 Panama cruise and was wondering the same thing you mentioned...free style dining. Would you be kind enough to let me know about your experience in March ? I live in central IL and plan to move to Florida within a year....I use year round golf as my decision maker...but I really think it is the availability of reasonably priced last minute cruising! Hope you will respond, my email is:firstname.lastname@example.org (3 n's) . Thanks!