Our first HAL cruise was on Noordam III in October, 1992. We sailed ten days round trip FLL on an Eastern Caribbean Itinerary. That cruise, our first on HAL, was our third cruise and within one hour of boarding, we knew we had found “our” cruise line
2) What was your most recent cruise on HAL? (ship, destination/itinerary, when)
Most recent cruise(s) were Eurodam, March 14 and 21, 2009 Eastern Caribbean.if you have
So many things to love about HAL but top of the list is HAL crews. For us, HAL always has been all about the people. Yes, we love the beautiful blue hulled ships, the art, flowers, comfort, teak decks, beautiful dining rooms, comfortable cabins and public spaces ……. the whole package. But the crews are number one!
4) Favorite port of call anywhere on earth you’ve seen because of a HAL cruise, and why?
Again, so many, but to name one it would have to be the port of Athens at Pireaus. We sailed from there twice and because of that had two wonderful stays in Athens. We might not have traveled to Athens were it not the embarkation port for an itinerary we really wanted to sail. We never expected to love Athens as much as we did.
5) Your dream itinerary, regardless of fuel/logistics? (this means if you want to see Beijing on Day 1, Kenya on Day 2, Antartica for days 3-6, and end in New York City Day 7, that’s fine!) Just make it sea ports… No cruises to Tuscon, Denver or Mexico City! )
My dream itinerary…..groan. That’s hard. It boards in Boston, sails about 35 days and without consideration for practicality and possibility, stops in the highlights of Eastern and Western Europe, Haifa for a visit to Jerusalem, and then we’re off to Asia. Bangkok, Hong Kong, Bali, Manilla, Tahiti have to be included and we sail back with a stop in San Francisco, through Panama Canal back to Boston with maybe a stop or two in place such as Charleston going up the East Coast.