At our friends' urging for us to try cruising, and not wanting a daily docking, we went all out with this 25 day, 10 port cruise. It took two days to get the gist of the routine, but by day three, we were hooked.
HAL definitely met our expectations and pleasantly so. We knew the average age would be senior and often less mobile, but that was ok. This was our first retirement getaway and we were under no time pressure.
The cabin was prefect #6047. Midway between the main decks of #3 (dining and entertainment) and #9 (cafe, spa/gym, sun decks and pools). Not only did we get into the routine of using the gym and spa everyday, but we rarely used the elevators (only 6x's I remember).
Cabin was as per our expectations. Lots of storage, a nice balcony, and a very comfortable bed as were the pillows. The cabin stewards, Rudi & Lee, were excellent and accommodating. The TV screen was small (14"+/-) and could have been larger as the 4 movies shown each day were well selected. Not that couldn't choose from a large selections from the CD catalogue (free!). This is not to say we watched a lot of TV, but for what we did watch, the TV could have been larger.
Liked the cabin location as it was 3 stair flight up or down to the major decks. We were 3 doors away from the elevator/stair lobby. PS: Ships usually dock on the starboard (right) side, so we had visual access to the activities when the ship is docking and in port.
Vancouver is a fantastic city.
The ship docks beside the city, not in an industrial pier, so good access to city, taxi's and tourist stuff.
Ship docks beside the city and not at a remote pier, so access to city, taxi's and tourist stuff is easy.
We didn't do any excursion, but just started walking and found an excellent 6 block long farmers market that was happening that day.
We have been to San Diego before and Balboa Park beside the Zoo and Hotel de Coronado are interesting to see and visit.