We cruised on the Navigator of The Seas in Sept 06 and loved it so much that we decided to got for the biggest. Bigger is not better. We felt that when comparing the two the service was much more prompt and courteous on the smaller ship. It was almost like the crew of the Freedom knew they were the newest and biggest and didn't try as hard to add that personal touch. I thought we were being nit picky. However after talking to over 30 different cruising families and couples (some of which had cruised 30+ times) it seemed the feeling was unanimous. Don't get me wrong it was phenomenal and a few people stood out, but the small things were what was missing.
Cons *There was no midnight buffet *There were only towel animals three of the 7 nights *We had better weather on the Freedom than the Navigator but the ship was really rocky *They added 2,000 more people on the ship but the pool was the same size, same amount of bathrooms, same night clubs, *Kids didn't seem to be going to adventure ocean they just ran amok (over 600 kids on ship in the middle of October) *Embarkment was well organized, but took 2 hours despite being there at 11AM
Pros *Flowrider was awesome *Karaoke Bar was awesome *Being able to say you were on the biggest ship in the world!!! *The boxing Ring *Best Cruise Director on the Seas *Best Shows I've seen on a cruise
If they had a hard time with this big of a ship just imagine the Genesis which is going to hold 6,000+.