Due to recent orthopaedic surgery I could not fly long distances so had to change our planned Alaska followed by Eastern Canada cruises to something closer to home. We were delighted to be able to embark at our home port. This is the first time this has happened to our knowledge. A 1 Hour suburban train ride versus 14 hour flight! Unfortunately the Port staff were not familiar with HALs usual routines. We stood in the priority boarding queue but unfortunately none of the Port staff knew to serve us. Only after a complaint to a HAL officer was the problem rectified and I am sure it will not be a problem again.
The ship was clean & well maintained and the fresh flowers were a delight.
The night before we departed we received a second upgrade to a A balcony suite and as it was my birthday on departure day things started in fine form.
Good sizes balcony stateroom. Great bedding. Everything well maintained. Plenty of storage for all our gear to be stored away out of sight as we hate clutter about the place. Our roomy balcony had a lounger, table and chair and we spent a good deal of time out there.