I'm intriuged by the "Freestyle Cruising" concept, since I personally dislike assigned seating. It sounds like "cruising for adults" -- you pay all this money for a vacation and you get to decide when you want to dine, which restaurant, and who you want to sit with.
When I've sailed on small ships with single, open seating I've become friendly with more people aboard ship. If you like them, you decide to dine with them again.
I want to know, however, if NCL is changing its caterer, service has been less than
adequate. IN some cases, poor in the dining rooms. But if they improve this one area, I think it could be wonderful.