Thanks to everyone that replied! I have heard that the Spirit is in for drydock for most of October so I look forward to a lovely new ship! Part of the drydock is to include improvements to the galley and specifically the buffet, so I suspect this will improve food quality a great deal! I wouldn't have been too worried except that I will be onboard for 23 days....thats a long time if things are wrong, and I want to feel as great about this ship as I do the Princess Fleet. So when I read the reviews.....some of which are not complimentary, some mediocre, and very few positive ones, I got cold feet! We have cruised to all the ports on this cruise over the years so this cruise is mainly for resting and a few days in New York. We did the Russian Baltic in May of this year on Princess and it was absolutely fabulous, and are doing the Amazon River in April 2006 so I am one happy cruiser! Thanks again!