To the members in your family that have never cruised before the Carnival Liberty will probably have a big WOW factor. You, on the other hand will probably be making comparison's to the Freedom of the Seas. Royal Caribbean's Freedom Class and Voyager Class ships are in a league of their own. No one else has a Royal Promenade, ice skating, inline skating, or a FlowRider. It's like comparing apples to oranges. But it is very typical for someone to compare their first experience to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. I enjoy trying different cruise lines and seeing different ships. You should have great food, great entertainment, and a lot of fun on the Carnival Liberty. Probably the most fun will be watching your family members having fun experiencing their first cruise! Have a great cruise.