Hi everyone. This is my first time posting here and have been reading a lot of the threads and FAQ. We are a family of 4 - kids are 8 and 6. We will also be traveling with active Grandparents (in a separate room) and another family of 4 with younger kids. I have been looking at all of the main cruise lines with itineraries for Spain, France, Italy, Turkey and Greece for anywhere between 7 and 12 nights. Since we are traveling with a group, I think it is best to have a variety of options onboard - great kids club, good food, spa and nice excursions. While I'd love to go first class, reality is we'll probably go for a room with a window and maybe splurge for a balcony. This is our first cruise experience so appreciate any advice you all have on which cruise companies would be a good fit for us. It seems that I should also contact a travel agent, so will look into that as well. And thanks for all of the good info you've posted on prices and extra costs (gratuities, soda, alcohol, excursions). And if there is anything else that I should look out for when booking, please let me know your thoughts!