The ship is pretty magical! Not quite as much so as WDW to me, but still magical indeed! Merry Christmas to you and your family too! Those water rides really do need a new exit system for shorties. I'm just glad to know that it wasn't just me! I've got some nighttime swimming pics coming up soon and you will see that the difference is HUGE! That's definitely the way to go. There are other things that you can do in the afternoons and save the pools for another time. That's going to be our plan next time anyway. If you ever go on the Dream of Fantasy, the AD is also empty at night.