November 2014 - Noordam to Caribbean - Southern
All in all you can't go wrong with HAL.
But this cruise wasn't as nice as the previous 8 ones.
Samana is a turn off because the ship is anchored a mile off the land , ...if there is rough water, you're in for a ride . If you don't have a trip booked with HAL, you're going to be the last to get aboard the tenders ...it might very well take more than 3 hours .. so don't book an excursion on your own as a group of us did... This fact wasn't known until we got there... which to me isn't transparent or a sign of respect for HAL cruisers.
Dinning room and service is always top k noch and the food is always very good.
One aspect we didn't like this time was the lunch on Half Moon Key.Not up to HAL's reputation for good food.
get the tender and go to the lido and comeback to the island for the rest of the afternoon.
We hope this will help the company make some changes and the future cruisers.