Have sail with HAL several times it still ranks as my favorite cruise line. The food has always been good and like you do not normally care for the buffets but when I was on the Westerdam was very good.
I love the afternoon teas often with a string quaret or harp..it is very relaxing
Also I have seen some of the best shows in the theater than on other ships. You might want ot take the backstage tour if it is offered to you. We have taken the back stage tours on several ships and HAL has the best.