For me and the lovely Mrs. Jones,,,there is no comparison between Princess, and HAL. In honesty, I can only compare the Caribbean Princess to the Oosterdam, however I doubt that there is much differance between the Oosterdam, and the Zuiderdam. We have done the CP twice, and are booked on the ship again this fall, and we did the Oosterdam last fall. The food is better, the entertainment much, much better, and the cruise in general is much better aboard Princess. HAL, was just too laid back, with very little going on. They offered something I've never seen before on a cruise,,,,,comfort food! ie; meat loaf, pot roast and that type of food. (If I want that, I'll go to the Cracker Barrel!) Princess offers Personal Choice Dining. ie: go when you want, to the dining room of your choice. Bottom line, ,,,,I'd suggest that you go with Princess,,,,and especially in view of the lower fare. You won't be sorry!!!!!
P.S. The extra savings can be used for a two person massage!!!!! Try it ,,,, You'll like it!