GlennM, thanks for the feedback. It's always good to have first hand accounts of peoples experiences. HAL has been trying for years to break out of the niche they find themselves in as a predominantly senior cruiseline. Looks like from your report, they're not making much progress. Sorry to hear that. They would definately not be among the cruiselines recommended for family friendly cruising. Traveling with children, the best choices for the kiddos has to be Carnival and RCCL unless you spring for the much higher cost of Disney. Others do very well and are improving like Princess and even NCL is a great choice on their newer ships. They have begun building more and better childrens facilities onto their latest ships released.