Our first HAL cruise, re-positioning from Sydney to Vancouver. The price was right and there were plenty of sea days which we like. Boarding was easy as there were quite a number of transit passengers that had boarded in New Zealand. Our first impression of the internal areas of the ship were 'Dull and Dark` with a capital D. It has an interior decor that just sucks up the light and makes everything dull, there are the occasional bright areas but they are few and far between. The accommodation deck passageways have dark blue carpet, dark brown faux wood panelling and dull creamy/mustard coloured walls and grey ceilings. All the lounges and bars are small and these are made smaller by dividers and high backed furniture. It needs are very big brightening up to get it out of a funereal home look.
Our balcony cabin was OK but the only complaint is the way the storage areas and doors impede the aisle between the door and living space.
As with all cruises we have had the staff were excellent and always helpful.