What I also could do with is a bit of feedback on is who will be in the cabins ie runners sharing with friends who are also runners or will it be a family affair - this is quite important as if its the consensus that the family will come it determines both the ship and departure date - the whole holiday really! Singles normally pay up to 100% supplement on cruise ships by the way!
Yip, there is always the option of looking at somewhere warm/sunny in the winter but unlike my idea of sailing nice and fresh from an uk port it will involve flying..... Canaries is nearest and cheapest - maybe not as scenic as fjords though!
I,m glad to explore any ideas!
Regarding the other 800 onboard, you will probably hardly notice them as they will be busy doing the normal "cruisey" activities!