We've sailed a number of times with Holland; the Oosterdam and were pleased.
The Barcelona embarkation was easy and we went straight to our cabin. The ship is older but it was well maintained. Captain and Cruise Director Kelly were very good with plenty of information to share. MDR food and service were excellent with gourmet selections and presentations. Lido could have been better, i.e., first full day at sea and tables were not cleared for more guests. We enjoyed the BB King Blues band. Excellent performers. Lincoln Center Stage had an amazing Quintet. They played a variety of music from classics, popular, and movie themes. Our favorite venue was the Gallery Bar. The staff were warm and friendly and the gaming room was a really nice HAL addition. They had board games, darts, chess boards, etc. Very comfortable room to spend the evening in. America's Test Kitchen was another highlight with an entertaining chef who had great recipes and cooking tips. Most of our excursions were booked through HAL and I'm glad I did. Yes, a little more $$, but always well organized and on time. You meet in the theatre and are escorted off the ship and directly to your tour bus. So convenient. Disembarkation in Ft. Lauderdale was slow, but only for fewer custom's agents and five other ships in port. This was the first time I used the spa services. Very good experience with just a small up-sell speech.
Ladies, pack a sweater: Air conditioning left public venues very cold
It was your average cabin; on the small side but fine for two people. Balcony was comfortable with two chairs and a small table. Bathroom had a tub with a hand-held shower head. Small amount of storage. Cabin Stewarts Heri and his partner took excellent care of us. Best towel animals I've ever seen!
We explored the port on our own. Lots of walking but the Roman ruins were amazing.