First cruise: 1984; second: 1995 on NCL Windward, a small ship they later lengthened. One dining room and a wonderful crew. Later, bigger ships, then mega ships (Voyager, Explorer, etc.) Yes, we love the additional amenities, but I'm not so sure about sailing RCCL Freedom. Perhaps, but not right now. We love the fact that we sail the Crown from Brooklyn on 9/30 and we will be driving from the Boston area. It was practically unheard of, sailing from New England, let alone N.O., Galveston, Baltimore, Bayonne, etc. This is all a plus for more folks to be able to cruise.