Last minute choice. Rather overpriced but it did tick the boxes and I enjoyed it greatly, would consider using HAL again if a cheaper alternative did not include the ports I wanted to see.
Always managed to find a sun lounger, even on sea days, though sometimes had to hunt for one. Staff mostly excellent and did not pester to buy drinks. Fruit juice available at mealtimes. Never had a long wait for a table at mealtimes with open dining. No noisy kids running round. ( Sorry, had my share of that).
If I wanted to be picky:
Wine vastly overpriced, even by restaurant standards. Don't like the standard service charge thing and had it removed, tipping those who provided better than average service directly.
What's with charging for shuttle bus in ports where it was too far to walk into town ? HAL need to do a deal with port operators, the ships bring much trade to towns.
Gibraltar. I've visited many times and they are getting very greedy and rather off hand with tourists, taxi drivers telling porkies to get trade etc. Heard some snide remarks in Spanish, (which I speak too). Hope I don't hear them complaining about Brexit or they will get an earful.
Food repetitive ( but good quality) in Lido and all started to fall off towards the end as things ran out.
Entertainment poor, even Thomson do much better. A bit of real music in the Lido area would help, got sick of the same canned tape.
Excursions hugely overpriced, even walking tours. Around 2-3 time the cost of locally organised ones. On board staff seem reluctant to provide any information that may result in guests doing their own thing.
Internet, as always on ships, a complete waste of time and money, too slow, too expensive to use. Is it technical or just greed ? How come the little train in Mallorca can manage high speed free internet and the cruise lines can't, even in port ? This is 2016, not 1990.
Don't be put off by the moans, it was a good cruise and an elegant ship with the right number of guests. It's no party boat but that was just fine. If you can get a good deal, go for it !
Not bad at all, quite large, kept very clean by super staff. Ship's engine made a bit too much smoke, probably temporary, there was a small problem with particulates falling on balcony (and deck). Shower leaked a bit.
Getting tacky and extraordinarily busy but always facinating.
OK, interesting port and whilst I did not use excursions, they went to good destinations.
On shore trips cheap. Research before you sail.
There is an excellent beach about 10 minutes from port and a Wally Trolly ( road train) to take you there. The excursions available were good.
Very long walk into town, usual high end shops and fancy cars if you like that sort of thing.
Palace and Casino are main highlights.
Trips to Florence are worthwhile, done them before. Livorno is a rather grubby port town, has a good market, that's about it. It was interesting to me to see the clear economic decline in the town over the past 3 years.
No time to see port, early flight. Have done so previously and visited Rome for a long weekend quite recently. That trip is not to be missed if you can manage it. Check transport links before you sale and remember Italy does have strikes, maybe worth bearing the pain of a ship's organised tour.
Interesting, worth a visit ( on foot).