Hard Rock Hotel or Royal Pacific. Why? Because if you stay at a Universal hotel you don't have to wait in line.
We arrive at 9:30 am on the Wednesday so we have three full days. We could spend all three days at Universal or we could spend two days at Universal and one day at Discovery Cove. Is it worth that much to swim with the dolphins? Although if Hubby doesn't swim with the dolphins it'll be considerably less. But we did let the kid hang with the dolphins in Bermuda in August. Perhaps this falls into the spoiling category? Except she would actually get to swim with the dolphins this time.
So many things to decide. At least we still have several weeks to ponder this. It's going to be weird skipping Disney World but I think we can do it!
And here are a few links for my husband - trip reports from others that have done the Eastern cruise. And one who went to Discovery Cove.