While cost is not the only deciding factor, it has always been one of the major deciding factors in our choice of cruise line. We cruised with DCL 10 years ago and had a wonderful time. However, since then we have cruised other lines who offer comparable itineraries at a lower cost. We have only been disappointed once and that was in the Med. We chose Costa (!) which is heavily European and we were in an English speaking minority. DD who was 13 at the time went to the Teen club and no one spoke English. All games were played in foreign languages and she never went back. So while cost was a factor in our choice of cruise line on that trip, I was very sorry I did not pay more for a cruise line we felt more comfortable with (which at that time would have been RCCL). Go with what makes you happy. We are cruising with DCL again this year and can't wait!