This was our fourth DCL cruise and our fifth is booked for June. We - by chance - were the first in line so my dd's got to do the countdown. The kids received a 100 Years of Magic Magical Moment certificate. We booked very late (two weeks ago!) and were right under Wavebands in an inside. We were given an upgrade to a Cat 9 which was right under Barrel of Laughs. I was able to sing along with the dueling pianos from my room. No complaints! Our new assignment was next to Chip Carter's family. New Years is the perfect holiday for cruising - you want to party and not worry about driving - and Disney went all out. The festivities were awesome - they had a special dinner with souvenir menus, Happy New Year (plastic) champagne flutes for all, a special folio with a New Year's print for each room. The confetti and balloons were dropped from the atrium. It was awesome! For those wondering, the $99 certificates were not part of the numerous items in the room. President Carter and his family were on board and we had the same dining rotation. He and Rosalynn were very gracious. He gave a 30 minute talk and the WD theater was packed to capacity - at 3pm on Freeport day. He signed books afterwards. My wife and I ran into them - and the secret service - several times. On the debark buffet, we were in Beach Blanket and he actually came up to our table and wished us farewell. I am a poli sci major and I took several courses on the presidency. I was on a high the entire trip. I think Disney security and the Secret Service did an admirable job ensuring their privacy while not infringing on the other guests. At the welcome deck party, they blocked off the area above the bar on Deck 10. For New Years, they shut the doors on one side of Deck 4 on the atrium for the family. But, during dining, they sat with all of us. For the shows, they reserved three rows about 10 rows from the front. More on that later... We met disneykids - a very nice family! She was a contestant on Mouseketeer. We looked for kamgen and could not find them! We put the kids with the kids program on Castaway for part of the day and went to the adult beach. Four hours there was a total break from reality. It is so underused - DIS'ers - make going there a #1 priority! You will not regret it. Someone was left behind in Freeport - they went back and got him. I never could tell the ship turned around! We were able to eat at Palo's twice after someone cancelled on the last night. Ohh la la! Two racks of lamb, two souffles - I gained more on this cruise than on the Magic this summer! Anyway - it exceeded my expectations. It is amazing that DCL can do it trip after trip - it keeps getting better and better!