We've sailed big ships (Explorer and Adventure), middle-size ships (Summit and Jewel) and smaller ships (Galaxy and Mercury) and have loved them all. Our TA set us up with our first cruise on Explorer and when we agreed to go with our friends on Summit to AK we wondered if we would like a smaller ship--we do! But if a large ship fit our needs again, we would book it.
Of those ships and cruises, the absolute best one was Jewel in every category. We chose it over Connie because of the itin. We chose Galaxy to the PC over Brilliance because of the price. We chose Mercury over the RCCL MR ship for itin and price. We chose Mercury again for Aust/NZ for the Celebrity line. When we do the Med it will be on Galaxy for the itin and the land tour.
There are lots of choices and it's fun researching and deciding. I'm already thinking past next year. Our TA, a relative, is always great with booking and service.
1/02 Explorer E. Carib.
1/03 Explorer W. Carib.
8/03 Summit Alaska cruise/tour
2/04 Adventure S. Carib.
2/05 Galaxy Panama Canal
6/06 Jewel Brit. Isles/Nor. Fjords + 3 days in London
1/07 Mercury Mexican Riviera
1/08 Mercury Aust/NZ