Carla has asked about our 5* knowledge...so I posted this in the comments section...but thought it was worth posting....
Carla-Stacey and I went 5* last time around (Minneapolis/St. Paul Show) (see the first threads for details) but the tickets were $375 each and included about 5-7 minutes of "face time" with 9 other girls. How it works is like this: You get in line and go to table one...there you will give up your camera, have your bag searched, get a lanyard with a letter on the back (a,b,c--which is the order you will go in to meet them) and then get a goodie bag. You'll be able to do some quick shopping before you are told to get in your group to head back to a private room/bar area. All the girls are eventually escorted back to the same room where you can enjoy some snacks, free drinks (coupons given to you) and chat. Robo will come in and give you the rules...no camera's, cells phones or anything to be autographed. Then he'll ask groups A,B,C (in our case all three at once) to line up. A is first obviously as they will go in first. Then as everyone is pushing shoving crowding and all that the guys come in. In Minneapolis we had a private room off of the main bar area and they headed into that. Robo then let's group A in, you mingle with the guys (if you can call it that, it's more like a hi, thanks hug, move on) but it's a HI! Thanks! and a HUG!!!!! then ILAA is saying it's time for pictures...so you turn and smile....then you have about 1 minute after that to finish up before they're shoo-ing you out of there. It's totally worth it even if it sounds like it's not cuz that's alot of money for 5-7 minutes...but please keep in mind you are guaranteed a spot in the first 10 rows---and that alone if you were to purcase off of ticket site is gonna run you probably MORE than that...also things will sell out MUCH more quickly now that a tour has been done and word has gotten out. If you can afford it, I'd say do it---it's really fun...yes it goes quickly but it sets the tone for the entire experience...they were all wonderful wonderful wonderful people, friendly nice and very sweet. All in all I'm not sorry that the cost was 375 for 5-7 minutes! (but now you see that the cruise is actually a pretty great deal!) LOL
LONG LIVE THE BLOCK!