Bigger is definately better!!!!!I went on the Explorer of the seas last may, and it was amazing. I also went on paradise and Impagination in the carvinal line, as well as a 4 night cruise when i was 11 aboard the Nordic Empress, on this smaller ship i found that there were a lot of older families due to the fact that they didn't figure there would be many people aboard. but on the paradise when i went last june, there were 20 teens aged 14-18 there. You'll have a great time on any cruise, even if you have to spend a little more time with your family then planned.