We were on the Sky to Alaska this summer and LOVED freestyle. We will never go back to traditional! We are going on Princess in Feb - because they have personal choice. We were seated with 2 other cruisers at our first dinner on the Sky - thank goodness we didn't have to do that again! We did experience mediocre service in one dining room, and found the other to be better - we stuck with that one. We only had to wait once - lobster night at 7:15. I couldn't imagine that we would NOT have had to wait at that time. It was about 3 minutes - we'd have waited longer on land. We did the french diningroom one night - service was not good. Food was though. We'd do NCL again - if their cabins were bigger. It was OK for the 2 of us, but with our son along - one of us would end up overboard!!!!
For us - Freestyle type dining - or pick another ship.