To make things even better, late this afternoon our wonderful TA was able to get us a very, very reasonable upsell to a balcony cabin (6210) near the aft of the Verandah deck from our original ocean view cabin (H7056) on the aft of the Navigation deck. While I will actually miss my 'secret' cabin and its 'secret' deck just steps out the door, it will be lovely to have a balcony for this particular sailing. Coffee in my jammies at first light searching for whales will be sweeter than ever.
Grinning from ear to ear, and now even more ecstatic about heading back to the Great Land for the sixth time. Life is good.....very, very good.