about 3 days after our first cruise (Western Carribean Feb 2012) we booked the second 40th anniversary cruise.... and this past week we took advantage of the Alaksa cruise. Everyone is going to tell you the same thing: be prepared for the time of your lives! and it's true! I cannot say enough about the wonderful women from all over the world who you will dine with, laugh with, share excursions and deck time with. ANd the Olivia staff and entertainers are top notch! Now i understand why many say, "you'll never vacation any other way again!" So, be prepared for THE time of your lives!