My partner, our two children and I went on an RFamily Cruise, on Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). It was great seeing all the rest of the gay families. And RFamily vacations are great. However, I'm not going to talk about the family experience, I'm going to talk about our cruise experience.
It's pretty unlikely we'll go on an NCL cruise again. The freestyle dining is a great idea. I like the laid back atmosphere, and all the staff were quite nice and bent over backwards for us. The problem was that the food was below average. I'm not going to say that it was poor, but it was certainly below average. It should be noted that both my partner and I are "foodies" though. BUT, since food was supposed to be included, that was the biggest disappointment. You could pay between $10-15 "cover" for the nicer restaurants, but I didn't feel like paying for something that should have already been paid for. Also, the drinks were not included, and they charged an arm and a leg for them.
So, my biggest reason for saying "boo" to NCL was the food. If you don't really care about that, it was a pleasant experience otherwise. I would also agree with the other posters to get a balcony room. We spent a lot of time on our balcony, and it was wonderful.
The cruise experience was pretty neat. You go on a cruise to meet new friends, and it's easy to do so, as long as you don't keep completely to yourself. I would recommend doing research on the destinations before you go, though. Disappointing destinations will lead to a disappointing trip. We got to meet other people who we're still emailing, and that was nice. If you're going with friends, it's also great to get adjoining rooms.
I'd recommend getting on one of the trip websites, too, and seeing which cruise lines are best. There's great deals right now on all cruise lines, and on many flights, too.
Let us know what you do and what you think when you're done!