My wife, kids and I are going on the Westerdam to the Western Caribbean on November 5th... we're also hoping we like the ship. Any comments from "experienced" Westerdam cruisers would be appreciated.
As far as HAL goes, my wife and I were on the Rotterdam in '02 and had a great time. The population was bit "older" (middle of school year), but we enjoyed the staff and made some nice friends.
To me, the HAL and Celebrity experiences have been comparable. Definitely "lower key" than RCCL - but it depends on what you're looking for, of course. We've enjoyed our RCCL experience as well!!
Heck, we just like being on a cruise!!