I scroll through some of the whiners on here and wonder if they travelled on the same ship?! We had an absoultely wonderful time.
I can only assume that the people who dislike FREESTYLE so much are the type that want to be spoon-fed (i.e you WILL eat at 6pm every day and then go to a show at 7pm EVERY day!). We found the whole experience fantastic. Do what you want, when you want, and boy was there a lot to choose from.
ROOMS - we upgraded onboard from inside to balcony. The rooms are adequate for their purpose - to sleep in and maybe relax on the balcony. People complaining about TV channels?! Stay at home if you want to watch TV all day! Cabins are tastefully furnished with modern decor. The stewards are also brilliant. They will look after you from day 1.
FOOD - WOW! So much choice. If you don't want to pay cover charges, there are always 4 options to dine in ranging from more formal (Manhattan) to buffet (Garden Cafe) and we NEVER had to wait for a table in any of them. Plus the choice at the buffet was great. It is worth paying the cover charge as a treat though. We ate at Shanghai (Chinese), Teppenyaki (Japanese) and La Cucina (Italian) and we thought it was good value.
ENTERTAINMENT - What can I say?! So much to do. Whether you want to party (Bliss Lounge), listen to Jazz (Fat Cats), be charmed by Bernie the Piano Man (Shakers Martini Bar) or watch a movie (Atrium or Spice H20) there is such variety. Plus then theres the Epic Casino, an easy way to quickly rack up a hefty bill! Not to mention the shows: Legends, Blue Man and Jeff Hobson Comedy Magician were our favourites. There literally is something for everyone.
BARS - A little pricey, but this is cruising! So many to chose from again. We enjoyed Spice H20 Pool Bar, Over 18's only, plus sundeck with Jacuzzi's - absoulte heaven!
PORTS - 5 out of 6 fantastic (try Fosters Beach at Roatan - out of this world). Only disappointment was Costa Maya - felt like you were being purposefully dropped into a shopping centre in middle of nowhere. St Maarten and Roatan were our favourites.
STAFF - all so courteous. We do not have a bad word to say. Sure - the whole ship is a money-making machine - this is business - but just because they try to sell lots to you, does not mean you have to buy it all! And it certainly did not impact on our enjoyment.
We are already looking at our next FREESTYLE NCL cruise. If you like "Formal Cruising" and want to be waited on hand and foot, this is probably not for you. But if like us, you want to relax, do things at your own pace and be safe in the knowledge you are on a fantastic ship with lots to do, great facilites, and friendly staff - choose the EPIC!