If you like a cocktail before dinner, take advantage of their buy one get a second one for a dollar in the Ocean bar or Crow's Nest.
Take a little cash to Canada.
You will pay for Bottled water. Try to educate yourself to all possibilities of shipboard life. We never found all of the info - they did not provide us with enough info. Read Reviews. Ours is 5-star. Haven't read other reviews yet, but I can't imagine what world people are living in that went on our cruise and gave a bad review.
Enjoy every minute of it.
BB King Blues club was fun! If you do not want to get fancy for Gala Night in Dining Room, they had the same menu on the Lido.
If the seas get rough find the ginger.
The Crowsnest allowed fabulous views while being inside in comfort.
If you can afford it, get a Neptune Suite. It is like being on a different ship from the rest of the passengers.
Don't miss the BB King show.
Ask for "house wine". Otherwise the menu only has name brands at $$.$$
The Silk Den was always a quiet bar with a great view...an alternative to the Crowsnest.
Book all that you can in advance through HAL's website, such as wine packages, spa packages, massage, etc... it avoids having to rush around when you arrive and you can enjoy just exploring the ship. Whatever happens, relax and enjoy it! You aren't working!
Anytime dining was a little spotty. Make reservations early.
Do a Retreat Cabana -
Great staff, seems like there is plenty to do on the ship to keep everyone occupied.
Get to know where and when the Happy Hours are. Seemed like everything is alacart, so be sure you know what you’re paying for before ordering.
Make new friends - we did
If food is important to your overall cruise experience, I would run from HAL as fast as possible.
Plan your excursions in advance...we didn't because we didn't know what was best to do. Choices seemed overwhelming so we wanted to talk to staff about it however, when we did that...we had other guests hanging over us, staring at us, and rushing us plus rushing the attendant too...and just making an overall jerk of themselves...(they had planned theirs and had a question so we were in the way----you know how people are nowadays, they are rude and impatient.) So we basically discussed all our options with a random third party standing over us and staring at us and we made decisions we may not have made had those guests been told to get in line and wait their turn...which is tough to wait...but fair!!! We waited our turn!!! (Note to staff: Put a rope up that defines a line for people to get in so that other guests do not walk up to the counter where guests are being waited on and be a nuisance to other paying guests handling their personal excursions.)
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