So many thanks for all of your wonderful comments and suggestions.
I'm going to pass your emails to my husband so he can see that I'm not joking about the crowds and kids and such in August. It is not that I don't like kids, believe me! However, I own a store and see how parents do NOT watch their kids. One reason we waited over 10 years between cruises was because there were a bunch of kids on the Tropicale, and they were far from calm, to use Uwe's description (which I like a lot!!).
Re: a balcony cabin. . .We had one on AOS and I'm stuck. I know I could probably survive in any cabin, but I like having my own quiet place.
As I mentioned in my other post, the only other consideration is whether or not to do a land tour, also.
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CCL Victory - '08
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