Norwegian Epic - Luxury if you don't mind a bit of noise!
Overall we had a great time on this cruise. The ship is modern and very well equipped. The staff are attentive and helpful and the facilities were generally outstanding. The cruise provided just about everything you would expect of a quality cruise and is fairly priced. Embarkation and disembarkation was a dream which always helps. The ship is geared primarily for families and younger couples and for these travellers I would have thought the faciolities and entertainment could not be bettered. A number of the speciality restuarants incur an extra charge of up to $50 per couple. We tried Cagneys ($50per couple), and found it disppointing value. The Italian restaurant ($20 per couple), however, was excellent and I would strongly recommend a visit.
We were looking for a quiet break and didn't realy know what "freestyle" cruising entailed. Although, as I said, we had a great time, we would probably not choose to travel freestyle again. The reason is that there tends to be (understandably) a fair bit of noise with so many young children, and disco music was on full volume by the pool area most of the time. The Epic does provide a pool area restricted to adults but when at sea it was very hard to get a sun bed - and I would say that the shortage of sunbeds is a big drawback on a ship of this size. It was OK during shore days.
Our cabin was 14041 on Deck 14 underneath the public areas and we heard quite a lot of noise which sounded like people moving things around during the middle of the night - but I don't know whether this was from children moving around in adjoining cabins or staff preparing the restaurant above during the night ready for the next day.
If you are going as a family or young couple I would definitely recommend this style of cruising. If you're wanting something a little quitier it might be worth considering other cruise lines.