Where to start...Thank you for your review and welcome to cruise addicts...:wave Okay, well anyone would have told you what you now know about CC. It's been posted many times, not worth more than a couple hundred more, if that. There are some who will swear it's larger, and those of us who disagree, or just don't see it as large enough to make a difference. The "amenities" are a joke indeed. However, you do tend to get better service. Yes, a balcony makes the cruise far nicer. Priority embarkation/disembarkation isn't such a big deal if you know how to get around it. I have it automatically as Elite, but you can EASILY get around it. The Millie is an old girl. I dispute your comment about the prices though. Gimme a break! You paid the lowest price for a cruise decades.But then again, you didn't get the same experience you would have if you paid full cruise prices. You say you don't want to "sit around in your room drinking", but want to sit around in your room (usually called a cabin) and cruise the internet? =? I'm surprised you didn't comment about the noise on Deck 9. I found it really noisy and would never recommend Sky Deck. In any case, glad you liked most of the cruise. Now that you have a bit of experience, you'll have a point of comparison. Was the Millie your first? ps - the fruit is loaded onto the ship fresh when you sail...which is why the bananas and pears are hard as rock the few first days.