Grand Princess or Enchantment of the seas. Never been on princess but i hear they are better? This is for a family of 3 (2 parents, 1 12 y/o) and PRINCESS is cheaper!!! So what cruise line do I pick???
Like I said in my other reply, it sounds like you really need the help of a travel professional--not an on-line agency--a brick and mortar agency where you can sit down face to face with someone that can present you with all your options. My choice would be Princess but that dosen't mean I think Princess is better than RCL; it just means Princess has what I like and I think it's a good value for my cruise dollar. Others feel the same way about RCL. You need to do some comparison shopping.
Like LisaP says, enjoy your planning! It's half the fun.
If you book based on price alone, you will end up with an inside cabin with no view, and claustophobic(sp?).
I for one would rather stay home than spend one or two weeks in an inside cabin. Believe it or not, you do spend a lot of time in your cabin, and that should be your first priority after picking your cruise.
My wife and I alaways book a mini-suite and have never regretted it. Obviously more money, but what the h...That's how you get to enjoy your cruise.
Think as well as cabin options, about your dining options....
Princess offer an "anytime dining" option which may be more flexible for you.
I've been on Vision OTS, and Golden & Star Princess (sister ships to Grand) and must admit that while the RCI ships are more attractive visually, I prefer the quality of the Princess product.
The main dining room on the Vision class ships is much more cramped than Golden Princess.
However, Vision's buffet restaurant is nicer than Grand Princess. But Grand Princess scores for the 12 year old with a pizza counter and a burger/hot dog counter right by the main pool. And there's a teen area on the top deck, with hot tub & DJ. And a massive arcade.
Also, count the swimming pools on both ships.... a 12 year old on Vision class has one main pool, with the indoor solarium pool being adults only. On Golden Princess there are more pools to choose from.