Kristenac, sorry we won't be on your ship as we are going in late June with a pre-trip in Switzerland. We took this identical trip about three or four years ago and you will love it!
I hope you signed up for Switzerland as it was very enjoyable. We took all the optionals and felt they were delightful. One was a wagon ride to a farm where they served us some lovely snacks; another was a boat ride across the lake and then on a cog train at the top of a mountain to a restaurant where Grand Circle people were the only ones in the restaurant and we were entertained by musicians. I am not good at remembering exactly what we did but do remember the fun.
People are very friendly on these ships and you will have an opportunity to meet with many of them at meals with the open seating. You can sit at a different table each time and with different people if you wish.
We will still be on part of our trip while you are away. Bon Voyage!
We are thinking about the new trip, Ukraine for 2013 but are hoping they drop the hotel stay in Kiev which is for several days in the main trip. Another Company, Viking, has the entire trip using the ship which is much better than being in a hotel.