Personally I like the RS 'cause I've fished it a number of times and I really like the crew - like old friends, and this means a lot to me...
However, all of the quality LR boats strive to give you an excellent experience. My suggestion would be to:
#1 pick a trip on whatever boat that meets your scheduling needs
#2 pick a trip based upon who else might be on it - if any of your friends are planning to take the trip
From there, bring a good attitude, be considerate of others, and you will undoubtedly make friends - both passengers and crew. Have fun, and good luck on your first trip!
Most of the boats, in the past, have let first timers use loaner gear, and all you do is pay for the line, they change it out after every trip so the line is new for the next guy to use, after you have finished the trip. They want you to have a wonderful time, and you will be hooked ( no pun intended) to start buying some of your own gear for your next trip. It take a while to obtain all the gear, and the boats realize that. They want to help you.What he said.....
I fish the rooster and last year I took a first timer. He used the boats loaner rods and reels and they were all beat up. So FREE loaner gear is a must.