We have just come back from our cruise on the Discovery. I had read many negative reviews before we went but must say we were delighted with the ship, staff and the food. The staff were all very friendly. The Captain was brilliant he had a good sense of humour and kept us informed all the time about the weather. There were two ports we were unable too go into as the weather was rough. The second one was the Shetlands on the way home but he managed to arrange for us to dock at the Orkneys instead. They were able to organise trips for those people who wished to go on them. It was a Sunday so we thought there would be nothing open but the café and shop owners had all had emails the night before giving them the option to open a lot of them did and we had a very good time there. The trips were all well organised but a tad expensive.
We had a trip to see the Husky's and ride on a sled pulled by them which was brilliant and then to see the Sami people which was very interesting. very good guides on the few trips we did.
We saw the Northern lights on 3 evenings on board ship which made our cruise worth it.
The ship is old and tired but the staff more than made up for that. The shows were not bad. They got better as the days went on. The group had only been together 6 days before the ship left so they did really well. The comedians were good. The lectures I went to were very good aswell.
The cabin was very small not a lot of space to put the cases. We had 2 windows which were a good size. The television was very old but did not bother us that much as we were not in our cabin very much. The cabin steward was very pleasant and kept the cabin clean.