I was surprised by how the interactions with our stateroom host positively impacted the experience we've had on our cruises. By calling us by name, welcoming us back every time we went ashore, reminding us of helpful things to take on excursions, and telling us where to find cheap, reliable wi-fi (!) he made us feel like we were an important part of his experience. Our last cruise was the 14 night EBPC and we had a LOT of sea days where we were in and out of the cabin all day long, and we saw him in the hall many, many times, yet never once encountered him in our cabin. It really was like magic. And when he heard our cabin was going to be on the DIS cabin crawl, he was like a madman ensuring our cabin was in the tip-toppiest shape possible! He totally felt like his professional reputation was on the line. He and I both heaved a sigh of relief once that was over!! And the only time maintenance ever came to do something was a request to access our verandah so they could do some painting. They wouldn't have come in if we hadn't been there. How do I know this? Why we ended up following them out on to the verandah while asking a million and one questions about their job, the ship and much more. They spent a lot of time with us satisfying our curiosity. Which we came to realize is part the Disney way of doing things. But what really got me thinking was the PP comment about how you have to give up a certain amount of control. It wasn't concerns about my stateroom that made me contemplate this before our first cruise. In fact, I'm not sure what did cause me to ponder on that in the first place, but I did think about it--a lot. And in the end I found that giving up what at the time time seemed like control was what led to our discovery that cruising was by far the most relaxing family travel we had ever experienced. Don't get me wrong I LOVE all the different types of travel our family is lucky enough to enjoy, but man are we glad we found cruising to add to the mix! I hope you have a wonderful time on your cruise.