We (Me, my wife and our three boys, ages 21, 19, & 13) drove down from NC on Saturday and stayed at the La Quinta in Plantation (about 10-12 minutes drive). The room and breakfast were GREAT!
Sunday morning we got up late and drove over to the port, arriving around 10:45. After parkinng in the on-site garage, we walked to the terminal, checked our luggage with the porters, and got in line.
There were several steps in the process - show ID & Fun Pass to get inside - show ID and credit card to receive S&S cards - wait in the lobby until ready to begin boarding - get picture taken - and, finally, board the ship.
From the time we checked our luggage with the porters until we were on the ship we had spent less than an hour, including about 10 minutes wait in the lobby for them to begin boarding. (We we VERY pleased with this process).
On board we went immediately to the Lido deck and had some lunch (Mongolian Stir-Fry - WOW!) and then toured the ship.
Within about an hour, we were able to get into our cabins and within another hour our luggage had all arrived.
Sail away and muster drill went smoothly.
Dinners in the Posh dining room were great. We tried some things we hadn't eaten before and enjoyed most of it. The service was fine, although maybe not quite as good by our waiter as on previous cruises. (This was my 4th - everyone else's 3rd).
I had breakfast in the dining room and it was very nice - another way to meet new people. The rest of the family usually ate breakfast and lunch on the Lido deck and everything was great.
The shows - tributes to the Beatles and to New Orleans - were OUTSTANDING. Although this type of production is not my entertainment of choice, I thought both were just excellent. The comedian was very funny.
We didn't really catch much of the other on-board entertainment except for the group who sang at the Captain's Reception - they were very good.
Our weather was just great on 5 of 6 days. Even on the one rainy day, there was plenty on board to do.
We would sail the Freedom again without hesitation.