We had never cruised with HAL, and did not know what to expect as Celebrity was always our 1st choice but did not have this particular itenerary. .
The ship was elegant and the service was slow compared to Celebrity, but then we learned HAL does not interfere with your privacy and allows you to relax rather than constantly interupt your peace and quiet.
Nice room, luggage fit nicely under bed. Stewards kept it neat and clean all day and nite. Soundproof and comfy wicker furniture on veranda. Desk, sofa, and coffeetable all nicely sized and appropriate for room. Close to elevators and stairs on port side, forward. Elevators/stairs not noisy at all. Will request this room again.
The food was outstandingly delicious-and I am a foodie. I did not have any "bad" meals.
The ports of calls were excellent, although each of our shore excursions booked through HAL ran long and left no time for shopping at the port.
Lots of activities on board--more than you can keep up with! Hamlish and Bruce were both perfect as Cruise Director and Show Host.