Again, thank you for addressing my main concern.
I've been leaning toward Royal Caribbean, particularly in November 2008 on "Radiance of the Seas". Norweigan has a similar itinerary, but after combing through reviews, blogs, etc., it seems Royal Caribbean might be more suited for us.
All of my past cruises have been in the summer; however, I should note that all of those were 17+ years ago. I clearly remember being the youngest aboard, but I also thought that 30 was old then. Regardless, those were some good times.
TV commercials alone have shown me that the cruise scene has changed. But since this is a longer trip to more distant locations in late fall, I was just curious on what more recently-experienced cruise aficionados might have to say.