This was our first time on a small boat and enjoyed the atmosphere and fellow cruisers. Don't feel lost as you do on a large ship holding 1000's of people. Get to meet and interact with the others cruising (American Glory holds 49 passengers and our trip had 29 on board). Small boat cruising also allows you to have more direct contact with the cruise director and other staff and receive more personalized response. The staff were very courteous and responded to any needs. You can order off the menu if they have the ingredients onboard; i.e., wish a sandwich for lunch instead of a hot meal. The stateroom was very roomy and had sufficient space for clothing and luggage. We found the bed very comfortable. Small boat cruising does not allow for a lot of entertainment, so if you are looking for that you don't want to do this type of cruising. The American Glory did not have any exercise equipment onboard so if this is important than this would not be for you. Majority of those cruising are seniors. Small boat cruising allows for a very relaxing and enjoyable trip, instead of a very active one.