The itinerary for this cruise - Japan, South Korea and the N Pacific crossing was great. We enjoyed all the ports. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth in Yokohama. Going ashore in the other ports was easy - the only hold ups were Japanese immigration but that is to be expected. Favourite ports - Osaka and Incheon
Service on the ship was very good but the cutbacks in staffing are putting a huge burden on the remaining staff. This was very apparent in the dining room where service was very slow. The ship is an older ship - it is kept very clean and tidy - but it badly needs to go in to drydock. The only chairs that the bottoms weren't falling out of was in the Canneletto dining room. Seriously, there was a 2" depression in the Rotterdam chairs! Uncomfortable for a leisurely meal!
Food - we were not impressed! The meals in the Rotterdam were just okay - biggest complaint was that there were very few vegetables accompanying the entree and we routinely ordered a bowl of steamed vegetables for the table. The food served in the Lido was very much below what I expect on a cruise ship. I have no food issues - I love food - but the choices were over salted and way too many things were fried. I had difficulty finding items for lunch other than a salad. The Asian food bar was usually good but still oversalted. The fresh fruit was awful! Apples and oranges were soft and tasteless, bananas were slimy and black. The fruit salad was a mixture of over ripe and under ripe choices cut so small that it was mushy very quickly.
There were very few activities planned for the 6 sea days as we crossed the Pacific - not a lot to do.
We may avoid doing another HAL cruise
Positive - we saw some of the best entertainment we have seen on a ship. The dancers and singers were exceptional! Very much enjoyed our evenings!
The cabin was kept immaculate! The room has not been (ever?) updated and is showing it's age but the bed was comfortable - loved the seating area - enjoyed having the bathtub - storage was good. This cabin is on the Lowers Promenade and we didn't notice much noise from the deck. We were very comfortable for our 30 days
We would have been better off to have taken the train and done this ourselves. There was a crowd at the Castle and by the time we got inside all we had was 20 minutes - no time to explore the beautiful gardens.View All 6 Osaka Castle Reviews