Iceland, Faroe Islands and Norway: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Review by paul reynolds

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paul reynolds
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Iceland, Faroe Islands and Norway

Sail Date: August 2012
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Southampton
Although we have been cruising since 1975 on various cruise lines we have always wanted to visit Iceland and a cruise from Southampton to Reykjavik, Akureyri, Klaksvik in the Faroe Islands and then Norway was an attractive itinerary.
We were in an aft balcony stateroom on deck 8 which was well equipped, and excellent shower room, flat screen TV and tea making facilities. Although a bit narrow was average for the type of stateroom.

Facilities within the ship were generally good, but with 3800 passengers the swimming pools were a bit crowded on sea days when the sun was shining. Deck space was adequate with plenty of areas to relax and read/sunbathe. Changing facilites within Aqua Spa area for those not coming to the pool in swimwear was appalling. There are only about 20 lockers for men and the same for women. On many occasions they were all taken and one needed to leave clothes in a plastic bag with Aquaspa reception. There are male and female only saunas but no steam room More unless you pay for an Aqua Spa supplement. The male sauna would only comfortably accommodate about 8 people which was very cramped consdiering the number of passengers on board.

Breakfast and lunch buffet food was average to good but on sea days somewhat crowded a lunchtimes and one needed to wait for a table to become vacant.

Dinner is either in the Moonlight Sonata restaurant with two sittings or freedom dining if booked beforehand and tips paid up front. There are an adequate number of tables for two if one preferred not to share. Food was typically American with copious quantities of steak in various forms but presentation lacks finesse and virtually all meals include mashed potatoes. We were never offered "small new potatoes" and vegetables were somewaht scarce unless one asked for them. Tables are extremely close together and the dining room therefore seems very cramped. Alternative dining in three restaurants is available but supplements between $30/$40 US is charged. Liquor prices are quite high and the cheapest bottle of basic house wine about $30 and anything decent in excess of $50

Disembarkation at ports visited is a challenge trying to get so many passengers off the ship to the waiting coaches was complicated particularly as the gangplanks were very steep on some locations.

Embarkation at Southampton was poor, long lines waiting to check in and nowhere to sit whilst waiting to do so. We waited 45 minutes in line and after check in a long walk to the ship.The facilities for young children and teenagers seemed good but we do feel that young children should not be allowed in the dining room for dinner. At 8.30 there were small children (two/three years old) having dinner with their parents and once th children had finished they were naturally bored and started to make a noise. Breakfast and lunch is understandable but in the evening, bearing in mind that there are childrens meals available and various facilites to cater for them this is not an ideal arrangement by cauding a disturbacne to other guests out to enjoy their evening. Less

Published 08/20/12

Cabin review: 2A Deluxe Veranda

Deck 8 balcony stateroom had adequate storage for a two week cruise but longer than that a problem. There are no self service laundromats on this ship and therefore all laundry needs to be sent to the laundry facility which could be quite eexpensive if you are travelling with young children. The shower room as decent size with cupboards for toiletries and a shower cubicle with sliding doors rather than the customary shower curtain on most older ships.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Bergen was the last port and for only 6 hours and a free shuttle bus provided into the town from the port. Some people booked walking tours round the town and there was a Greig concert for music lovers. The funicular railway to the viewing plateau over the town is well worth doing.
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The Flam railway is the main attraction but unfortunately the tour was fully booked before the ship sailed from Southampton. There are tickets available each day as the booking office is only 200 yards from where the ship docked. However there was fierce competition for those tickets and people were running down the quayside as soon as the ship docked to try and get them. It is the first time we have been unable to book a tour following attending the port lecture. However for future passengers it should be noted that tickets can be bought on line but tickets cannot be printed on line and need to be delivered. It is therefore worthwhile booking before departure (about two weeks ahead as the tickets are sent by courier) The problem however with a crowded train fully booked is that passengers tend to crowd around the windows to take photographs. Those who are fit enought might consider buying a one way ticket and hiring a bicycle for the 9km return journey (downhill all they way)
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Blue Lagoon

There is a Hop on hop off bus in Reykjavik but this is not mentioned until attending a port lecture. The tour to the Blue Lagoon was good. a shuttle bus was provided but $12 per person and as we were there fore two dyas the second day was charged $12 again. Many passengers were able to take two tours as the ship was overnight in Reykjavik. The ship then went on to Aykrueri to visit the waterfalls and very interesting.The third port was Klaksvik in Faroe Islands. We took a tour round the area and through the tunnels. A beautiful day and this island isa deligthfully unspoilt. The next call was at Geiranger Fjord and a breathtaking trip up the Fjord with waterfalls and beautiful scenery. Various trips were available and we decided to take a trip through the mountains to see the views of the Fjord from various points. The next port was Olden - very unspoiled but small but a walk to the village about half a mile was well worth it.

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