Very friendly personnel, mostly Philippine, spoke of the nora virus outbreak a few weeks earlier but problem was solved on this cruise.
Found the ship very sensitive to movement on the ocean even with windforce 3-4. Did not experience so much movement with previous cruises with Norwegian cruiseline and royal caribbean. I even asked if the stabilizers were out of order.
Food was very good, must say that in the Pinnacle Grill ($ 30 / person extra fee) food was no better, only quieter surroundings but not worth the extra money: buy some nice cocktails for that.
Never sailed with Hal before, atmosphere was not too formal as I expected, did hear from more experienced HAL clients they didn't like the new carnival approach with open seating dining as this means waiting and thus less service, but one can switch to fixed seating if so desired. I think a lot will leave HAL and go for Cunard for more formal service and atmosphere.
Overall had a good time, some nice ports, some old places with crappy villages I didn't like (tortola, dominica)