Next year is a big year in our house. DH and I will celebrate our 15 year anniversary and DD turns 10. We want a BIG celebration, and started saving money about 6 months ago for such an occasion. Until we got back from our Fantasy cruise last weekend, we were 100% dedicated to going to Aulani in July 2014. We had originally planned to do Hawaii for our 10 year anniversary, but that year, both of the companies we work for were cutting back/laying off so we decided it was not the best time to plan a vacation like that. Plus, DD was almost 5 at the time and we were planning to take her with us. Probably would not have been a very memorable trip for her. Well....fast forward to last weekend and now we're conflicted!! We started talking about the DCL Panama Canal 14 night Eastbound cruise from San Diego to Port Canaveral, sailing September 2014. I'd like to hear from folks who have done the Panama Canal cruise...and, where possible, those that have cruised that itinerary and done Aulani. OR, those that have cruised AND done Aulani. Which do you prefer & why? Knowing these would be "once in a lifetime" types of trips for us, how should that factor into our decision? I'm not looking for discussion around cost. The money is going to be spent either way. I'm simply looking for good discussion around the interesting things you and your family have done on either (or both) of these trips. Another point of consideration, not necessarily a good one, but would like some constructive feedback. The PC cruise happens during the school year (September 12-26). DD would miss 6 days of school about a month and a half into her 3rd grade year. Our county gets a fall break, so she will be out of school the second week of this 14 night cruise. I'm not interested in being flamed for considering keeping her out of school for a week. Truthfully, if I didn't think she could handle it I wouldn't even consider it. But again, it's ~6 weeks into the school year and it's not like she's in 6, 8, or 11th grade. Thanks in advance!