What a great time our first cruise was. We drove down to Florida from Long Island on Friday, 2/27. Snow had fallen in North Carolina (of all places!) the day before, but roads were clear. Got to South Carolina and stayed the night (about 14 hours from home). Woke up Saturday morning and drove to New Smyrna Beach to visit my Grandfather (turns out I am the ONLY one out of his 4 children and 11 grandchildren never to have visited, so I'm glad we decided to stop and see him). We visited about 3 hours then drove to Cocoa Beach. We walked to Ron Jons and did some window shopping. Got up Sunday morning and drove to the port. How exciting it was to see the Wonder waiting for us!! I was surprised at how quickly and easily the check-in proceedure was. (I think it helped I had all my paperwork in one place and all filled out). First night was a rough one. Rough seas from the last few days of windy weather. Me and one of my DS's didn't feel so well, so we ended up going to sleep about 9:30 pm. I feel like it was a wasted night. The rest of the trip was great. My 4 DS's had a great time. We had 2 inside staterooms (category 11) and I found it to be roomy enough and I was very happy with it. If you are on a budget, I think you'll be very pleased. Disembarkment went very smoothly. I was surprised that we found our luggage easily. I had heard and thought it was going to be a loooong time looking for our luggage. After leaving the port we drove to Daytona Beach, where my brother (who also lives on Long Island) was down for Bike Week. How strange to visit with my brother so far from home. LOL DH loved walking around Daytona for a few hours looking at bikes!!! (and biker girls!! LOL) We drove to South of the Border and stayed the night. Friday we drove to Delaware, stayed with in-laws and came back to Long Island on Saturday. We had a GREAT time and are planning on booking another 4 nighter for February 2006. We would *love* to do it again next February, but DH has to pay off his motorcycle before the intrest rate jumps sky high. We have to save for that this year. (Boys and their toys!!!) Now it's back to reality tomorrow. I loved reading this board and getting lots of tips, if anyone has any questions, I'd be more then happy to answer.