As a small token of thanks to all on this board whose wisedom helped us prepare and enjoy our first Disney cruise, here are some key points/observations from our cruise which ended today: 1. Radisson Resort Hotel - a good idea for those not on the Land-Sea packages. The rooms are beginning to show their age, but the staff are top rate and the shuttle worked well going/coming. Recommend taking the first shuttle - 10 a.m. - so that you can avoid the crowds later. Plenty of good restaurants nearby - recommend Fishlips, Mangoes, which are just by the Port. 2. Terminal - it does get a little crowded so I recommend an early arrival. There is enough to occupy most youngsters (videos, character appearances, etc.). Good spot to get that autograph book (at the convenience store to the right of the check-in) Note on the staff - Disney showed it is human as the trainee who checked us in incorrectly said our dinner seating had been switched to the late (8 pm) seating and the only option was to speak with Guest Services once on board. Acting as if on a business trip and running into last minutes airport problems, I went to the most senior, experienced looking Cast Member, and got things straightened out right away. (Key learning - the code"F2" on your Key to the World means First Seating, second time slot - 5:45 p.m.) 3. Scheduling - we found it best to mix a combination of scheduled activities - excursions, spa appointments - with down time liberally sprinkled in. Good common sense but at first we were tempted to try and do everything. Good tip for those looking for a quiet place to read/sunbathe - Deck 7 aft. If there are no chairs, just ask any Cast Member. It took only a few minutes for 4 lounge chairs to appear after asking! 4. Oceaneers Club - our 5 year old boy simply loved it! A couple activities actually took place at the Oceaneers Lab, where he got a taste of what to expect when he gets old enough for it. Very highly rated. 5. Pirates Night - the only negative as it took place from 9:45 - 11:30 pm Tuesday, after a full day at Castaway Cay. The Pirates did not appear at the start, greatly disappointing our son as he was prepared to defend his ship! I understand Disney has to schedule this around the meals and shows, but why not have the pirates - the big attraction for the kids - at least put in an appearance at the start of the show? I saw a number of young kids trying valiantly to stay awake during the show. We bailed out at 10:10, with no sign of the Pirates. 6. Palo - everything you hear is true. This is a truly world class restaurant. I travel extensively around Europe, and this compared very favorably with my favorite Italian restaurants in Milan and Lucca! 7. Staff - Since the 970 Cast Members on board are from 55 countries, a nice way to start a conversation is to wear a T-Shirts from a foreign country, if you have one, and see what happens. I wore an "Istanbul" Tee and almost immediately got into conversations with three Turks who were very happy to share stories from their country! Tip - there are a lot of Aussies and South Africans on board, so try these countries if you have anything from them. 8. Ship - exceptionally well-maintained, clean. Looked very good when compared with other cruise ships when we were in Nassau! OUr first cruise and it won't be our last. Already booked on a 7 day Eastern Caribbean trip in January!