My wife and I just came back from our first! If you have chikdren(we do not) it is justifiable! If you do not, I would say go elsewhere! You are paying for the top notch children areas (that are really cool)! Plus, go on a cruise ship that has two and four table tops at dinner so you don't have to eat with six other complete strangers at dinner every night! Very uncomfortable! Food and service is good....not great! Ship is is wonderful shape and extremely clean and pristine! You will find much more catered to the adult on a Princess or Holland America! This cruise is aimed at famiiies and kids! If you don't mind paying for someone else's enjoyment, have at it!
I feel almost exactly the same way. DCL is wonderful, but from a price perspecive, there is not enough on a DCL ship that you cannot get on an other line to justify the price difference. Now if you have kids, that price is justified.
My one difference is that I don't mind eating with other people. I think DCL has a lot more large tables, because they get a large number of "family cruises" where a load of people want to be seated together. You would think they could make tables that easily lock together or seperate, but maybe not. While I don't mind eating with others, and you can request a "private" table, I know it is something that comes up quite a bit as a complaint about DCL.