In general people who've never been on a cruise think more about where the ship is going to go instead of the ship they'll be spending most of their time in. The truth is the different cruise companies as well as individual ships within one company differ in regards to the facilities and all around atmosphere. Some are made to have a serene spa like feel while others have a 24 hour party theme. Still there are cruise ships that are family themed. It even has amusement park type rides and theme characters. I think it would still be ideal to talk to a travel agent that specializes in cruise lines. Be straightforward when it comes to your likes, dislikes and the all important budget.