venice, Very good point there! What I would recommend would depend on their likes and dislikes; no two of us are alike. If they want a little pampering and a little more upscale adventure and still keep with the mass marketed product I would send my friends on Celebrity. If they want to relax and enjoy themselves and do not care about being catered to, but like a friendly crew I would say NCL, especially ships like the Dawn and the Sun. To my enemies, that I have to speak to, I guess I would send them on either Viking Serenade (which isn't RCI anymore) or Majesty of the Sea, RCI especially an inside cabin, on a 4 day cruise where it rains 21/2 days.