Sail Date: March 2013
I can't say enough about how wonderful our trip was! Let me start with the ship. I found it to be the perfect size for us - not too big and not too small. I believe there was around 2,100 passengers with approximately 400 of them ... Read More
I can't say enough about how wonderful our trip was! Let me start with the ship. I found it to be the perfect size for us - not too big and not too small. I believe there was around 2,100 passengers with approximately 400 of them children. The ship was spotless and classy in an understated elegance kind of way. No big atrium to gawk at, just a nice 3-story version. I liked the common areas very much, from the lovely Exploration/Crow's Nest in the front of the ship to the lounges, dining rooms, and pools. I especially liked the multi-age pool on the Lido deck in that it had a retractable roof. The roof stayed open the whole trip, but when I felt I had enough sun, I could move my lounge chair under the roof and still enjoy the ocean breezes. Our room was a suite with a bathroom larger than my one at home! It was absolutely beautiful with a generous veranda and plenty of seating. I miss it already. The staff was so polite and friendly, I can't think of a single negative experience, they kept everything running so well. The CD, JT Watters, was just right - not too obtrusive, but was easy to spot throughout the ship as he was always involved. One event we especially enjoyed was "Talking with the stripes". This was an opportunity to have a Q&A with the captain and the hotel director while a slide show of the ship's inner workings played. My whole family asked questions and we learned so much. We also enjoyed the team trivia event.Fortunately we had a set seating time at dinner, because that was the only time I would see my 3 teen-aged daughters! They loved the "loft" at Club HAL and met up with other kids their ages on the first day. They enjoyed their staff leaders, Chris and Jamie, and had so much fun I finally had to set a curfew. The ports of call were great. The ship docked right at Old San Juan, so we were able to enjoy a self-guided walking tour all around the area. We really enjoyed Half Moon Cay too. The sand and water were perfect. I can't think of a better place to relax and feel like you're in paradise. One of our favorite parts of the trip was enjoying the band just about every night in the BB King Blue's Club - Memphis Sounds. What a terrific group of performers - so talented! We couldn't believe how lucky we were to see such a great act every night. This was such a great multi-generational trip. My parents enjoyed our time hanging out on the veranda and would retire after the early evening show. My husband & I would head to the Blue's Club for a date and our girls would straggle back to the room by 1 am. Everyone was happy. Thanks HAL! Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2011
Personal Background Information- Travel addict Travel To Port of Embarkation- embark palm beach travel to grand Bahama island Embarkation- quick and easy Stateroom- outside cabin with four beds Ship Info- Bahamas celebration. ... Read More
Personal Background Information- Travel addict Travel To Port of Embarkation- embark palm beach travel to grand Bahama island Embarkation- quick and easy Stateroom- outside cabin with four beds Ship Info- Bahamas celebration. Looked like it was recently renovated and had nice pool deck with jacuzzis and big kids slide Dining- three restaurants plus late night Italian buffet Activities- huge casino and two story nightclub and karaoke competition for cash prizes Children's Clubs- several kids rooms for different ages Staff & Service- best I've ever seen on a ship Entertainment- comedy act and singers mostly. Very good Shore Excursions- swam with dolphins which was amazing Disembarkation - quick and easy Everyday we ate in a different dining room on the ship and every single meal was absolutely delicious. The rooms are a really good size, so we didn't feel crammed at all. The casino is spectacular and has just about every game imaginable. It also has really high ceilings, which is nice because it doesn't get smokey. The entertainment was great, especially the comedian. They had an American Idol Karaoke contest on the ship. We didn't win, but had a blast participating in it. The spa was so relaxing. I got an hour massage and a pedicure. Some of the other girls got a hair up-do. We went to Freeport and had a really good time. We did the dolphin excursion and took pics as we swam with the dolphins. The resort, Our Lacaya, is huge and accommodates every age and lifestyle. Whether you want to relax by the pool, have some frozen drinks, buy a handmade wind chime, gamble, or eat some Bahamian conch chowder, this is the place. We did all of the above! I definitely will cruise again and I highly recommend this cruise ship for anyone. Read Less

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