It does take a while to get people on/off the ship when you have a tender port. However, they are very efficient. They usually use 2-3 of the lifeboats on board which hold a good amount of people. On the Freedom they may even use more and have more than one station. I've not sailed on her, so I can't say for sure. There will be crew there to assist you in/out of the tender. Have a wonderful cruise!