Most important for us, the food was outstanding! We are all serious foodies and on other cruise lines felt we had to pay an upgrade to eat in the specialty restaurants to have adequate meal quality. We did eat in Pinnacle grill one night for dinner (excellent) and many mornings for breakfast (a suite amenity). The Tamarind was also good. However, every other night we ate in the main restaurant for no extra charge. Across the board every course was fabulous. It would rival any of the James Beard award winning chefs we go to at home. The choices were interesting and each dinner forks were flying back and forth across the table with "you've got to try this!".
The ship is very well run. Everything was smooth and staff was lovely. We did not feel like we were being pushed to buy extras constantly.
The crowd is older. That made it a little slow for the teenagers (who as a result hung with us!) There were probably as many walkers slowing down traffic on this cruise as strollers on other lines. However, the seniors weren't throwing tantrums and went to bed early so there were plenty of seats at the late shows. No lines on workout equipment. Overall it was a good trade. The shows did seem more targeted for a Lawrence Welk set.
We had a suite beside the penthouse. No noise or smoke complaints. The Neptune lounge was a very nice upgrade. Compared to regular suite on Celebrity and Owner's suite on Norwegian this was a great experience and we are thinking about going back on HAL in November.