My wife and I booked a 12-14-14 cruise out of New Orleans on the Dream. We have taken many cruises during different times of the year but never around the holidays. We did much research and decided on the 14th for a number of reasons. First, there will not be a lot of teens on board since school is not out until the next week. We saw where the XMAS trees and decorations will be out even though it is a week before Christmas. If you want a relaxing cruise do not go during major holidays or spring break. Although we love our children and grandchildren, sometimes it is better to leave them at home and share your experiences with them when you return.