Hi everyone! I'm working through a decision and I'd love to have your opinions & input. Background: Hubby works crazy hours 1-2 times a year (12 hour days, 6 days a week for about a month). I stay at home with our 4.5 year old daughter. We have frequently taken Disney vacations during his busy time because it's a little more relaxing for him when we're not around and we have something super fun to look forward to. On these previous trips, my mom has accompanied us. He's working this crazy schedule this fall and we're considering some kind of vacation. We're going to Disney in December, a gift from my father in law, so doing to WDW is out. There's a Halloween cruise out of NY that would work with our schedule. I've been really interested in a Disney cruise for some time. The Halloween cruise especially interests me because I'd love to visit WDW during Halloween time, but don't appreciate the heat early in the Halloween season or the crowds later in the Halloween season! This feels like a nice compromise. But... I think I'd have to go alone. My mom has the vacation time, but she's a smoker and I know she would hate the limited smoking areas on the ship (as a non-smoker myself, I myself appreciate the limited areas!). This would mean a 6-ish hour drive to NY, without traffic, plus dealing with getting to the port (we would stay somewhere nearby the night before.) We wouldn't fly because of the cost, but I'd consider a train (though that might be tough with our luggage since most trains to NY from DC don't have checked baggage). If we took a train, how do we get transportation since my kid still needs a car seat? And maybe it's horrible to get a taxi/transportation at the port at disembarkation? I kind of get stressed out even thinking about it. My kid is great in the car though! That being said, I know my daughter would love it. It's on the Magic, which I know is smaller and doesn't have as many amenities of the bigger ships, but she would love the Rapunzel dinner and show! What would you guys do? Is there anything else I'm not considering/forgetting here?