Keller - which October cruise will you be on? We are on the 10/28 Zuiderdam. Maybe we'll see you there or leaving?? I can't tell you about a "sail away" party - this is our 3rd HAL, but our first Zuiderdam and first Carribbean. If your prior cruise experience is Disney, you will find HAL different - definitely no Minnie or Goofy.. - and definitely not as many children as on a Disney cruise.