I don't know which reviews you have read but I can tell you from first hand experience that the Freedom and the Liberty both offer wonderful cruises. I never felt crowded and passenger flow is the best I've ever seen on any ship. Despite the size of these vessels they definitely don't feel that way as far as I am concerned. We never had a problem getting a table anywhere. I feel that many reviews are written by people who let one or two minor issues color the whole review, which leads them to bashing the ship and cruise in general.