Thanks for taking the time to post your very interesting trip report! I loved reading it. Especially your conclusions as to why you won't book a cruise again anytime soon. I love reading reviews where you can understand why people like something or don't as this helps me to project whether I might feel the same about an experience or not. I found your comments about how the fact that you aren't Disney people did take away to a certain extent from your cruise experience very interesting. While I do enjoy a lot of the Disney products, I can very well understand a lot of the criticism against Disney - and very much agree with you on the princess issue (and btw, here in Germany someone else is exploiting that niche, a storybook character called Prinzessin Lillifee). What I find interesting is that in a way it sometimes seems that Disney as a company does not only expect its guests/customers to buy the product and appreciate it, but also enter into a kind of personal and emotional relationship with the company. Disney is very much in the business of emotions, and of course if you don't want that part, I can understand how being subjected to this for a week might start to get on your nerves. And it would be more difficult to escape from than another cruise company that is just in the business of running the ships. Hope this makes sense!