I am so elated with all the replies I've been getting. Keep them coming, as I will be on my home PC until Saturday, the 17th.
Lady Lee, we have gotten our requested assignment for the early dinner schedule, and we are so happy. I don't fare well when I eat late at night, after seven-thirty. (I'm taking my Pepsid Complete with me. ) After spending the entire day in and out of airports--with only tid-bits to tide us over, we will no doubt be starved come dinner time that first evening. Thanks for the tip about bringing our own candy snacks. I had really thought that one would be able to go to a little "ship store" and purchase such things.
Jaded: Everyone tells us that once we cruise, we won't want to go back to regular vacations anymore; you know, the kind where you get through the airports, only to find yourself in the car rental line, and trying to get directions to your accommodations; then shopping for groceries for a week! The closest thing we've ever done to this, is our All-Inclusive trip to Nassau, Cable Beach, Bahamas with "Breezes". Everything was included, and tipping was NOT allowed. Children were not allowed either, which was fine with us, as we are past the child rearing age, and prefer quiet and relaxed times.
Leddfootdja: Are you by any chance trying to scare me, you dickens you? Well, you can't. I've seen both of those movies. I'm a great scary movie fan. Bring um on. I taped "The Diary of Ellen Reimwald" last night and will watch it tonight. It was done after "Rose Red", but is actually going back "before" to tell what happened. I can't wait.
Navigator: Thanks for clueing me in on your Alaskan voyage. We really do want to take that one someday as well. I want to see the icebergs and the whales, etc. I will save the information you gave me for later review. Hubby and I aren't gamblers, so the casinos aren't going to pull us in. We have early seating for dinner, so that we can catch the shows afterwards. I'm certain we will enjoy the live entertainment.
Confuzcious: Ten cruises, is that all Wow, you are very fortunate to be able to do that. Vacations for us don't usually include dressing up in any way, shape or form. I mean, basically we are beach bums by nature. Hubby has agreed to wear his suit jacket on the one formal night, bless his heart. He will probably want to take advantage of the elegant dinner meals, so guess shorts and pullovers are a no-no there for sure. We asked for the smallest group setting for our meals. I absolutely love people, and can have conversations with just about anyone. My husband tends to be very reserved and shys away from making small talk with strangers. We'll just have to feel our way around situations.
Thanks again, you are such a swell group of friends!