Our very first cruise was on RCI. After that we tried several other cruiselines including Carnival and Princess. After several cruises on other cruiselines we came back to Royal Caribbean. The "mix" was just right for us. We chose Royal over Carnival (and the other lines too) because Carnival was just a bit too live for us. Don't get me wrong, DW and I enjoy a good party but we passed the all night party stage years ago. Sometimes you just want to sit down to something elegant without a bunch of stuff going on around you. Yes RCI cost a little more but the value to me is well worth the money.