Personal tastes are most important there. We love the Island Princess even though she is destined to be sold. Shame really for soon all Princess ships will be those monsters including the Diamond. The Island we are told has more square footage of space per passenger than any other ship of their fleet. So as first time cruisers we would suggest the smaller of the ships for you will soon not have many more chances to experience this luxury. Plus she will be refurbished between now and your sailing date so we are told .