After a short journey to the ship,the boarding process was easy and quick.
My first reaction was to a strong unpleasant smell,this smell persisted all over the ship and the whole of the cruise.The cabin was larger than I have experienced before,clean but very Spartan in décor,the bed was comfortable,plenty of wardrobe and cupboard space.
In the veranda restaurant the seating is uncomfortable and far too low for the tables.Many of the staff here,though polite and helpful spoke very poor English which does not help.
The pole to pole restaurant is so much better in term's of seating and communication,so we chose this after two days.One is able to book a table also which can be an advantage when one is tired of listening to those who plague their fellow cruisers with tales of all the cruises they have been on.
Entertainment is not of very high standard and even the lectures were mediocre.
However,we did find our niche in the Coopers bar,where there was a very fine pianist each night,
The excursions with Saga are way over priced compared to other companies,we took the trip to Fram railway which cost £74 each,it took us half way up the line,others who made their own arrangements journeyed to the top for £40 each.The "free" wifi is so bad that it was mostly a waste of time trying to connect even when sitting almost next to the ships main public computers.Add the fact that we were woken every morning at around 7.45am by announcement by the captain,so no chance of sleeping in.
Do not think we will be cruising with Saga again.