We are also a bit jealous of your trip. As to the transatlantics, we have found its a great way to cruise (we love sea days) and avoid the flying hassles of getting to Europe (at least for one way). What we do now is book two transatlantics (spring and fall) and than buy one round-trip air that covers both trips (this avoids the problems of finding a decent one-way fare. This also gets us to Europe twice a year (spring and fall) during the best weather months. Your mention of the $11 a day car lease brings back nice memories of days when we could afford the best restaurants and hotels. At the current time the best bargains seem to be in South America (especially Argentina) where you can still get a good steak dinner with a nice Malbec wine for about $35 a couple.