My partner and I just took our 27th cruise (second on HAL) and had a good time, however, we expected so much more, and the line under-delivered. Our first experience with HAL was about 12 years ago and we had a great time then. This time we expected just as a good service like before but were left just wanting it.
Great cabin (4158) with an extended balcony (that we paid for). Comfortable bedding, great bathroom with a very roomy shower stall;
Great cabin, nice easy decor, comfortable bedding, nice bathroom with a large and shower stall (glass door here, roomy). We had a large balcony (twice so deep as the regular balconies).
It would be awesome if HAL could offer a shuttle to passengers into a town center/square, or at least to the outside gate of this very ugly port. The town is very interesting, the port area is not.
The cute small old town in Slovenia, super easy to get off the ship and right into the town, but a port of call one could skip. Not much to offer here.
The surprise on this trip. Korcula is AWESOME! An amazing old town (like a little Dubrovnik) with amazing views, and crystal clear water, in which one can bath just about anywhere. We want to visit this small island again and have a longer vacation here. Well worth your visit.
Shuttle offered by HAL into old town costs $16. One can take the public transport right outside the port gate (a few meters away from the HAL shuttle) for only $4.50 for a day ticket (30 kunas). This bus (1A or 1B) will drop you off at the very same location that the HAL shuttle will drop you, outside the main gate of Old Town Dubrovnik.
We docked at an alternative berth here, which afforded us an ugly view of oil platforms, and added almost a half an hour to take the required water shuttle to get into and out of the port. Malta is very beautiful and well worth a visit. Avoid the HopOn Hop Off here. Horrible company with lousy service and complete disrespect toward their passengers. If you do it, take the "Sightseeing Malta" company, and NOT the "City Sightseeing Malta". It sounds like the same company with the same routes, but they are not. They won't tell you they are two different companies until after you buy your ticket, then when you try to board or reboard after getting off at a stop, they will tell you "not this company", "not this company"...