Enjoyed H.A.L some time ago and decided to join friends on this 12 night cruise around New Zealand and to Norfolk Island. Most of the cruise en counted bad weather for the time of yearn around New Zealand.
Well we never got to land on Norfolk Island , the swells too big, a shame but nothing you can do to change that.
The ship has H.A.L. new E.X.C. ,we were not a fan of this as it cuts done the amount of entertainment on the ship. Staff told us this is the only ship in the fleet with EXC and it appeals to limited folk from what we heard from others. The ship had only 972 on board this cruise and as it takes 1250 , tender times were good for the most part.
Entertainment was very limited and some sub standard.The Cruise Director seemed to do everything with no helpers.
The ship is old , but staff excellent in all departments.
Our first cabin 545 had so many noises (sounded like steel on steel in the outside wall) we could not sleep.We were moved to 555 , this also had unacceptable noise ! We were then shifted to 556 which was fine apart from the shower control.
Dining Room and Buffet both had cheerful and excellent staff as was the cabin staff..
Not 5 star by any mean,s , not even a fridge in the cabin, however the ship is kept clean and tidy by the crew at all times (with a smile)
556 was out 3rd cabin after noise in the 545 and 555 were not acceptable . They should never have placed anyone in those cabin,s as you are unable to sleep with the steel on steel scraping loud noises.
The shower controls were (556) old and hard to adjust.
No fridge in any of those cabin,s
Kept clean by the stewards with a smile each time we saw them