This was my 3rd cruise with HAL and to me the 2 other ships had higher standards ( Ryndam & Zuiderdam) Although the service was excellent, it did not seem personal as if they didn't like their jobs. Except for housekeeping attendants ( Reindra & Wayan) They were always happy, joking around and fun. They worked their butts off too! Making sure everything was great for us. Their attitude earned them extra tip money from us.
Age group was younger then first 2 cruises
Entertainment was alright. They could have stepped it up. Sorry but the Hal Cats singing by the pool were not the best. Comedian was great, he had everyone laughing
Food.....overall good. Heard lots of people saying portions were too small in dining room. If we saw something on the menu that we liked we asked that it be doubled up, no problem. Dress code was acknowledge by everyone as far as I could tell on formal nights. But no tuxes
Room service was another story. We never did get what we ordered, but it was close! (This was for the actual menu items) And I read comments that if it wasn't on the menu you could write it down and get it. That never happened.
In the Lido it was tough sometimes to get a table. Good thing there were 3 of us so 1 person could hunt something down and save the table while the other 2 went for food. The food here was fairly good except for the pizza and spaghetti, not so much. We had gone down for a late night snack about 9:45 as in the program the Lido was supposed to be open until 10:30 pm for this. It was right closed down
Cabin SY6087 was very good, lots of room. Huge bathroom plenty of room for the 3 of us on the veranda. Bed was oh so comfy. Sofa bed for our adult son was kind of small for him. The lighting was very dim, needs to be upgraded
Time in ports was way to short, that may be something to check on a persons itinerary when picking a ship. There was (for us) only enough time to do 1 thing. It was either beach or shopping, not both.
I would recommend Mullet Bay on St Maartens. It was about a 25 minute ride from port and only cost $27 + tip, great deal. 3 Lounge chairs and 2 umbrellas for $24 and the best was the beer only $2.50 a bottle. Bar b q was smelling pretty good but we didn't get any food. Water was clear with some bigger waves coming in. Beautiful white sand.
We really didn't find any good snorkeling in the Carib at the beaches we were at which were Pillory (Grand Turks) Mullet Bay
Ship could not go to Half Moon Cay due to winds and that was disappointing. But hey can't control the weather. Although there were lots of unhappy cruisers because of this. The Captain does his best, the line looses money but people act like the Captain was just to lazy to try and other comments
Anyways after all is said and done, it will be some time before we cruise again. I think we all prefer to pick a spot and plant ourselves. But cruising does give us the opportunity to get a taste of an island and decide if that's the place for us