Hi George and Gordon -- My partner and I travelled to Alaska on HAL in 2001 -- the ship and crew couldn't have been better. We were on the Veendam, sailing out of Vancouver, BC to Alaska. Now, however, I have to tell you we were on an Olivia cruise (with 1200 women) what a blast! Yes, it was delightful, the entire ship was booked by Olivia and it was great!!! The crew, probably 90% male, couldn't have been nicer to us. Never the slightest hint of any problem with us being lesbians -- the crew, from cabin steward to the dining room maitre'd were most helpful and gracious -- everyone on the HAL staff treated us like we were kings (or "queens", pardon my pun). I would recommend HAL and just imagine that if you're not on a strictly gay cruise they should be just as nice to you. We are planning to go on a "straight" cruise in the near future and will choose HAL because Olivia uses the same cruise line. Hope I've helped you.