Posted December 29th, 2006, 07:43 PM
We are a couple in our early 40's. We have cruised on RCCL, Princess and NCL. We have always enjoyed our cruise but we do prefer RCCL. We like good food and service, enjoy listening to music in the lounges and dancing, also like the watching the shows with passengers in them ( like the newleywed game etc. ).
On a typical HAL cruise ... seven to ten days ... you will surely find things to do around the ship that will easily keep you up until midnight or so. I rarely go to bed before midnight on any voyage, though I'm not a late night partier. There is always music in a lounge ... the piano bar, the Explorer's Lounge, Ocean Bar, etc. There is a show every night in the Queen's Lounge. Some of the ships (the Vistas) have the Northern Lights Disco. Plenty to do, especially if you dine late. Heck, by the time the show is over, it will be after 11:00!
But the difference on HAL is that you will find things more elegant, more understated. You won't find hairy chest contests at the pool, though they will more than likely have a deck party one or two nights during your cruise. They will play games and invite passengers to participate.
The only thing I can suggest is to try HAL and see how you like it. Maybe do a sailing on a Vista ship ... of which the Noordam is one. These are the bigger ships that have more passengers, and thus more night time activities. If worst comes to worse and you find that you don't care for HAL, you can always go back to the lines you are more comfortable with. And if you do like it, then you've availed yourself of the benefit of discovering a whole new cruise line on which to book.
Blue skies ...
HAL Rotterdam - 3/3 to 3/13/04 - Panama Canal Cruise with the Maui Writers' Conference at Sea
HAL Zuiderdam - 8/28 to 9/11/04 - Caribbean b2b (Eastern and Western) "Hurricane Francis Cruise"
Sun Princess - 1/8 to 1/18/05 - Eastern Caribbean "CCers Unite!" Cruise
Island Princess Hawaii Cruise -- 4/19 to 5/4/05 - "Princess Lacka Nookie Nookie's Maiden Race Cruise!"
Celebrity Zenith - "Cruise University" 5-day Western Caribbean -- 12/12 to 12/17/05
HAL Amsterdam 30-day Hawaii/South Pacific Cruise -- 1/6 to 2/5/06 - My "Dream Cruise of a Lifetime"
HAL Amsterdam 13-day Panama Canal Cruise -- 10/17 to 10/30/06 - My "R & R Discovery Cruise!"
HAL Veendam 18-day TransAtlantic Sailing -- 4/1 to 4/19/07 - My "Rita Becomes a Lush" Cruise
Cunard's QE2 6-day "Crossing the Pond" ... Southampton to New York City -- 4/21 to 4/27/07
Carnival Paradise 4-day Mexico Sailing -- 9/15 to 9/19/08 - the "Battlestar Galactica Fans Reunion at Sea or Let's Make Richard Hatch Rich" Cruise
HAL Statendam 35-day Hawaii/South Pacific -- 9/20 to 10/25/08 - "the Absolute Best Cruise of my Life"
HAL Zaandam 19-day Hawaii Sailing -- 10/4 to 10/23/09
HAL Rotterdam 33-day Hawaii/South Pacific Sailing -- 3/8 to 4/10/2010