We're excited about the cruise and the balcony, me more so than DH at this point. I had been planning this cruise for this year, but decided that as this year will be DH's 60th birthday, he should get to decide what he wanted to do.... so far, nothing for 2008. So I made the executive decision to do what I wanted in 2009. We were on the Noordam's sister ship Zuiderdam in 2006, so we should be able to navigate without getting lost.... standard 1st day activity. We're down under 600 days - that's a good thing.