We are veteran cruisers, especially recently with this being my fifth cruise in the last year. This is our fourth(?) HAL cruise. For the first time in 25 years we cruised with old friends who were also veteran cruisers. There was so much to like about this ship and we had a great time, as did our friends. Wife and I are 52 and 49.
EMBARKATION was outstanding. We arrived around 10:50 and there were very few people there that early. It probably took us 10 minutes from walking in to getting our seats waiting for the ship to open. I expect the ship opened around 11:40 and we walked on with friends and headed to the deli for sandwiches and drinks.
FOOD - DELI The Reuben at the deli was good but ask for extra meat on the Reuben. We had one with extra and one without and the one without was skimpy. This was our only trip to the deli.
We enjoyed all aspect of our stateroom but one. Great storage, bed, bathroom, lighting, outlets, shower, sink, safe, fridge. All outstanding. The one issue was the toilet. Some are OK with it, but not me. It was uncomfortable sitting a little sideways or with my left knee against the shower. It wasn't a big deal, but I have to think there was a way to fix this. Overall cabin rating: 4.5 star.