Overall ranking of this cruise was superb.
Best food, best service, and best entertainment we have ever experienced.
I have read some of the negative reviews and think that some of the reviewers must have been on a different ship.
First of all the ship seemed just the right size. The only place we encountered lines would have been at peak hours in the Lido buffet. What caused the lines was probably the fact that in most lines you were being served "to order" food. It all seemed fresh and was certainly safer than the germs passed around in the buffet lines on some ships.
Tamarind and Pinnacle venues were outstanding, although the food quality in the Rembrandt was very good. The service and pace of service was just right in the Rembrandt. The mostly Indonesian crew could not do enough when it came to service in all the restaurant venues. This was a step up from our recent Princess cruises (and we like these).
Room was new of course and seemed to have more room in the room and on the balcony. The balcony furniture was a touch above what we have seen on other ships as was all the decorating on board. Mario and Andy were our room stewards and they were so nice. My wife was a little sea sick the first few days and they went out of their way to bring her tea, apples and crackers and continually asked her how she was doing. Where do they find these wonderful people?
Everything seemed the right size: the casino, pool areas, and all open areas. Never had a difficult time getting the right seat in the sun or the shade or at the craps table or at dinner.
We had been to everyone of the ports many times so we did not do a lot of excursions, but enjoyed a full week of "down time" at an incredibly reasonable price.
We are full-fledged HAL fans after this cruise.