Our first cruise was on Carnival then we tried Norwegian, Costa, Royal, Princess, HAL, Celebrity, and Uniworld River Cruises. Only line we wouldn't go on again is Costa. We are Platinum on Carnival because of a lot of short cruises mixed in with some longer ones back in the day the day they counted cruises, not days. In those days we didn't have much money and young kids. As we got a little more mature we drifted back to Carnival only when we went with a lot of family members who had kids ranging from kids club age, teenagers, and young adults. It was affordable for everyone and a great way to spend either Christmas or New Year's. The kids all loved it and the rest of us enjoyed everything as well. As we got older and could manage eating in the steak house on Carnival we did a couple of times on each cruise and to tell the truth we all agreed it was a wonderful meal for the small extra charge. Enjoyed our evening meals because the kids enjoyed the servers so much. One time we had a high school age group of 8 boys with us for a graduation cruise and I swear Carnival lost money on that one. Those boys ate more food than I thought humanly possible but we all had a blast Just don't expect elegance or a lot of quiet time. Lots of action. Get the best balcony cabin you can if you want quiet and give it a try. It's wasn't terrible, just different. Our large family with my siblings and now their kids and grands will probably go during the holidays next year because it will fit everyones budget. Have fun whatever you do.