Mike, one other tip on your sailing. They frequently have little promotional offers and there is one on Sep and Oct dates for your ship. It applies to all booking in OV and higher so your balcony would get it. It has this blurb attached "Valid on new bookings only made between 1/10/08 - 3/31/08". So if you booked after 1/10 ask your buddy if he can get it applied. It's for $100. off a cabin. I'm sure he knows this but once the promo is identified he'll just need to go to cruisingpower.com and apply a discount code with your booking #. That's the electronic way agents apply such promos.