well said No1 and RT....the idea that i'm critical of what they're doing doesn't mean I won't cruise less, or at all. I just remember what things WERE, as opposed to what the beancounters think they can get away with now. Forced ourselves to expect less, and therefore be less disappointed. The plan seems to be working a la the one we just got off of. We may have to raise our game considerably over the next bunch of cruises to prepare for PRIMA. We've done the research, and came to more or less the same conclusions as you No1, and we booked it anyway..we've got a year+ to wait for that one..but nothing like being on board eh? Experience it for real.
As I said in my review..we raised crowd-avoidance to an art form long ago.. Now, we may just have to add not spending extra on some things (like specialty restaurants) to get even (at least mentally) with the architects and beancounters. As was said in the letter, some folks manage to not starve and not spend a dime extra to do it. Never did a cruise like that. But I draw the line at the cabin choice.