In preparation for a hoped-for October 7 night cruise, I went out last month to get the Passporters Guide to the DCL and Ports of Call. Argh! The 2nd edition is off the shelf in anticipation of the 3rd edition arriving the end of this month. So, I've been dragging my feet on making a reservation because I want get the book to do some research. Anyway, I think that 'ship may have sailed' since now my wife and I have learned today that our preferred 'first dining' seating option is fully booked on the cruise dates we're aiming for. Based on recommendations here, I got a quote this afternoon from Dreams Unlimited for a Cat. 8 room (room number 6008). The DU rebate offer ends March 31, the date my local Borders is expected to have the new Passporter book. I'm debating whether or not to change the res. to a Cat. 6. So, I'll fire off here some of my main questions so that maybe I can make an educated decision before next Thursday. 1) The current DU instant rebate offer expires 3/31/05. Does anyone with experience with this travel agency know if this offer might be extended? 2) We have the late (8:30 PM) dining option. Our initial thought is that this is too late for our kids, but then again we're on vacation and the rules are different. It's my understanding that the late dining option also means you have the late breakfast time. Is this correct? What is the late breakfast time? Also, I believe this means we have the late departure off the boat on the last day? 3) My preference is for a Cat. 6 room with a veranda, but with kids I'm worried about the safety of the sliding door. How secure is the lock(s) for it? The illustration of the room shows the day beds (where our kids will be) right by the verandah. Are we going to worry all night that the kids will be able to easily get out to the deck?? 4) Front, middle or back of the boat? Our reservation is holding us a room at the front. 5) Kids decks - one DS will be just past (older) the cutoff for a kids deck by a month. I suspect he'll want to be on the same kids deck with his brother. Am I tilting at windmills thinking that I can get this request? I realize that most of these questions are probably addressed in other posts, so apologies in advance!