It was a little more than I would have wanted to spend, but it's during "whale season" . . so we're both really excited. Our options are few living on the west coast - so it's nice to see something other than just the Mexican Riviera; even thought it's included in this trip. I love the smaller HAL ships. Our last two cruises were on the Zuiderdam and her sister Noordam. Both great ships giving the excellant HAL experience, but there's something special about the smaller, more intimate ships.