Like most of us, the itinerary is one of the most important factor in choosing a cruise.  Did you ever go on a cruise where the ship itself was most important?  Which ship & why?  I took cruises twice for this reason.  The first was on the Oasis; the second was on the Allure.  Both times I wanted to be on the largest cruise ships in the world. They did not disappoint me.  I enjoyed all the choices and their sheer size did not bother me.  I had visited every port previously on both ships.  I do have another future cruise booked where the type of boat it is was the main reason for the booking.  In this case, I really have little interest in the ports at this time. I know that once I explore the possibilities I'll change my mind.  Gloria