As we are getting married in the Caribbean in November, we decided we would try a small cruise with our twin 3 year olds. It was their first flight and cruise, and our first cruise.
Having read the reviews beforehand we knew what to expect in terms of it being a working ship and not a luxury cruise. Departure from Manchester could have been problematic as Jet2 thought it prudent to sit a family of us with two very young children at the end of each aisle seat x 4. Fortunately for us and for the rest of the passengers a very helpful couple swopped seats and prevented a noisy journey.
We were allocated Level 2 Port Side which was a little noisy but on balance the other decks may have suffered from people outside cabin windows with cameras for the northern lights. Cabins are small but you are not expected to be spending a lot of time in them but rather sitting in the public areas reading, knitting or surfing the internet and meeting other passengers.
Food presentation and quality were excellent, the waiters were pleasant and helpful, ships crew overall accommodating. Restaurant Manager very good at changing our late sitting to an earlier one for the children's benefit.
The Northern lights were observed every night we were on ship so it is fair to say we were lucky in terms of weather (no snow, rain, fog etc.) bright and sunny.
Tea/coffee deal 250 krona, but the cafe was open 24 hours for refill so a good idea.
Not really sure why people would object to using the handwash as this is for everyone's benefit to avoid illness.
The childrens play area was also most welcome as there are no facilities really for children on board.
Three or four static pc's on board for internet use (free of charge) or you can use the library/bar area for free wifi. No problems there.
Radisson Blue Manageress very good - chatted with us in reception and gave us free orange juice whilst we waited for the bus to the airport. Receptionist also prompt and efficient in changing our room when we found we had been allocated two rooms on different floors! Radisson breakfast excellent.
Tromso - The number 26 bus from Pepe's Pizza (round the corner) took us outside the cable car, cost 28 krona approx, cable car 300 krona for a family ticket. Ask for a street map from the receptionist at the hotel.
Supermarkets do not sell wine and spirits and you have to visit a government shop to purchase.
Overall a very pleasant experience as we met some lovely people from the Yorkshire Dales, Southport and Newcastle and we all got into the spirit of the holiday.