Re: why Hal
I'm 50 with a 12 year old kiddo. Cruised HAL 20 years, kiddo 11 years. HAL is more upscale, more art, better food, less party atmosphere, more reliable crew in an emergency, no balcony divers, no spring breakers, not as stuffy a crowd as the next cruise tier up. Compares to Princess and Celebrity. RCCL is a bit more kiddo friendly.
HAL is consistent with no surprizes. Trust me, no surprizes is a good thing aboard ship. 8)
Amadeus:09Diamond;Celebrity:10Summit; HAL:87Rotterdam V,89Nieuw Amsterdam II,93Nordam III,94Ryndam III,96Westerdam III,99Veendam IV,01Maasdam V,02Amsterdam III,03Volendam III,03Zuiderdam II,04Westerdam IV,04Oosterdam I,05Zaandam III,06Statendam V,06Prinsendam II,07Nordam IV,08Eurodam I,08Rotterdam VI,09Veendam IV,09Volendam,10Nieuw Amsterdam IV,12Ryndam III,13Ryndam III, 14Volendam IV,14Eurodam;P&O:11Artemis;RC:07Splendour of the Seas,11Navigator of the Seas,12Majesty of the Seas;CDF:14Horizon