Let me start by thanking everyone on this board - all of the tips and advice were invaluable! We had a large group - ages 2 through 39, and varied staterooms - Cat 11 up through Cat 3. Everyone had a blast - by far our best vacation ever! I won't detail each and every minute - but instead give a brief report on what we experienced. We had absolutely perfect weather, and beautiful seas. We even got to see Costa Maya - which was a treat as we were expecting Nassau. 1) Staterooms: All in good condition, and well kept. Cat 3 obviously superior - concierge perks were nice, but the space of the suite was the best perk! Very pricey, but worth it if you have kids who need naps. (Especially for us - 2 kids who both need naps, but wake each other up!) We did not do much room service - but when we did - the service was prompt. Getting extra Palo reservations was a great bonus - we did 2 dinners and brunch -all awesome! Verandah was great - although doors are tricky to open - I have a very rambunctious 4 yr old boy -- at one point he did drag a table over to "see better" over the railing. At this point - I freaked out and told him (forgive me!) that if he did that again - he might fall over and the sharks would get him. (Needless to say - he never tried it again) 2) Restaurants We found the food fairly good - not the best I've ever had- certainly not the worst.. If you are a meat eater - the red meat/steaks were consistently good - seafood/pasta dishes were more hit and miss. I also think that the food the first few days was better than later in the cruise. Bearing that in mind - I would save Palo for later in the week. We had PLAPLAP, and skipped the last P.C. and one A.P - for Palo. I loved the A.P. show - but my 2 and 4 yr old were a bit scared - to my surprise. They did not want to go back in the restaurant. Character Breakfast was fun - very loud - Most breakfasts we did room service or Topsider's. We also did alot of Pizza/Plutos as my son was in the Mickey pool when at all possible.