Thanks everyone for all the replies and Nords, I appreciate the details you gave and took it into consideration.
Yesterday dw and I ordered a whirlpool tub, we didn't have a lot of choices since it's an odd size, 66" X 34" and needed the lip on three sides to fit into the wall. Sure enough Home Depot was on there last day sale and it should arrive in 3 weeks. DW mentioned she didn't care whether it was a whirlpool or not but in the end I hope I don't regret my decision. Sale price came in at around $1500.00 Canadian, but I still need to purchase the drain, electrical etc. I will be doing the install so this should be interesting.
Thanks for everyones feedback, I appreciate it.