After reading some of the negative reviews I was apprehensive about this cruise.....but I need not have worried. It was absolutely first class all the way. The ship was immaculate and beautifully decorated for Christmas. Even though we only had an inside cabin, it was spacious enough for us, and the beds were the most comfortable I have ever slept in. Our cabin steward was most obliging, and the level of service throughout the cruise was topnotch!
The food was beautifully presented and not too filling, so you never left the table stuffed - altho if you were still hungry the staff would willingly bring extra helpings. My husband had 4 lobster tails on the last formal night and they still offered more! The lobsters were meaty and succulent and cooked to perfection - which can be difficult when cooking for such a large crowd! We had no complaints whatsoever about the food! And the dining experience in The Pinnacle was to die for! It deserves the 5 diamond Award!
We did our own tours in Tortola and St. Maarten - a minibus tour in the first and a sailing with the Lord Sheffield crew in the latter! Half Moon Beach was Paradise - by far the nicest private cruise ship island we have seen.
We thoroughly enjoyed all the entertainment - perhaps with the exception of the first night comedian, but she had a tough audience as everyone was exhausted just getting on to the ship and settled! The ship's dancers and singers did a commendable job and the lighting and sets were magnificent.
All in all, this was the best value for money we have ever had - and it was made extra special by meeting all our CC's for sailaway and farewell parties, thanks to the generosity of one couple who had a huge aft balcony that could accommodate us all!
We will certainly sail HAL again and recommend it to all our friends.