From the time we embarked until journeys end this really was a great experience.
On arrival at ship we were greeted by a large number of the crew, introduced to our cabin boy/girl and escorted to our small but certainly adequate accommodation. We would recommend that if you are travelling with a spouse or partner forgo the double bed for twin as access to one side is a little awkward.
As it was a small ship it did not take us long to familiarise what was where.
There were only 50 odd passengers on this trip (max is about 60-70) so becoming known to many was easy.
Although the meals menu was limited there was always ample and for those who had special needs there appeared to be no problems. The wait staff were most attentive, polite and it was not long that everybody was on first name terms.
Although there was an itinerary this did not seem to have much credence . It did not take long the cruise to get knick named the "Issh Cruise" . If whales or other wildlife were spotted the captain's willingness to alter course/timetables to suit passengers was very flexible, as were where we anchored, excursions and times ashore .
There was always something to do when we anchored, kayaking,paddle boarding,shore excursions,guided skiff excursions Most of these were guided but often there was the opportunity to venture (on he water) on your own with the knowledge that you were always under surveillance and help was always close by
I always believed that the success of any cruise depends largely on the attitude of the crew. Our crew were exquisite.Their ability to please, coupled with their knowledge and attitude radiated a feeling that they really loved their job and all aboard were one family.
Special mention must be made about Alison and Phil (two of our excellent on-shore guides) Alison for her flora and fauna knowledge and Phil for the slideshow he compiled during the cruise and presented on the final night
Another good thing about this cruise is that (apart from the traditional US tipping culture) there were no hidden costs,-Dvd's use,binocular use, gumboot use,kayaks,paddle boards, ALL excursions etc. were free.
A big bonus for us was the absence of regimentation, and not being treated as just a number which we have found so common on some of the larger ships The ability of the small ship (draft only 7ft.)to go where other cruise ships were unable to venture was also a bonus -even to the extent that we had a"beach party"! Disembarkation was well organised ,to the extent that our baggage was forwarded on to our hotel
Apart from getting a tummy bug (medication was free)this was a most memorable cruise. Well done to all concerned!