My family and I (DH, DDs 14 & 17) are trying to plan our first cruise, but there are so many options we're just getting confused. Since we've never been before, we're not sure what the most important things are to us. This is what we do know... -We will need two rooms. They don't have to be connecting, but they need to be near each other. Both will need at least windows, but don't need to be the same type of room. -DDs will stay together ALL the time. They might try a teen club (but probably not very much, and certainly not if they have to split us). Our goal is for them to have freedom on the ship-it's ok if we don't see them very often. So there will need to be things for them to do on the ship. -We don't really like buffets. Food is important to DH and I, the kids not so much. -We'll be flying from NY, so we're ambivalent about departure ports. -We want a warm weather beachy type of cruise. And finally... - We have to go over winter break! Departure date must be between 12/23-12/29. (see, you knew there had to be a catch! haha) We've pretty much narrowed it down to RCCL or Norwegian. Sometimes I think the biggest ships would be great since there's so much to do, but then I remember it will be school break and the lines will be insane and the ships crazy crowded. DH thinks eastern Caribbean is better, I think western. Southern sounds good, but then there are more at sea days, and is that good during busy times or not? We're going around in circles. Any advice? Feel free to be specific.