Well - I'm just the guy you need to hear from! Just got off of the Westerdam last Sunday - although we had cruised various lines we never had gone HAL - the food was top notch - but this line definitely caters to the older folks -not much going on - if you're looking for a relaxing week this is the ship for you. The ship is old and shows it but is clean and easy to navigate. The casino was small and dated. The shows targeted the srs. as there was actually a vantriliquist (sp?) yes they still exist and this guy who was a cross between Wayne Newton and Tom Jones. It was nice but we've decided to go back to Royal Carib or Celeb and consider HAL again in about 10 years when we're collecting that retirement check. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze - take the taxi to the airport - only $18 for all as opposed to $17 ea for the cruise provided shuttle. No matter what - we were still cruisin and that's always a good thing. Have a great vacation.