Icelandic Encounter: Thomson Spirit Cruise Review by lyndatimberlake1

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Icelandic Encounter

Sail Date: May 2014
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Liverpool
Just got back from our cruise to Iceland/Scotland and Ireland. Had a brilliant time, The Spirit is an old boat but she has had some updates done on her since we last cruised in June 2013, still very clean and comfortable and the crew are excellent cant do enough for you. We left from Liverpool and sailed for two days up to the Artic circle then on to Akureyri in Iceland and then on to Isjafjord then to Rekeyvik - excuse spellings - the first town was ok not that big the usual shops to browse in. Isjafjord was closed lol, it was a Sunday so nothing was open, and what there is a long walk to get to from the port. Beautiful scenery and very cold and windy.. Reykjavik is special so clean and we had booked the flight over the volcano/glacier/waterfalls and geysirs it was spectacular expensive but worth it. The whole day was brilliant and the city so clean and people friendly. We then sailed for a day to Kirkwall in Scotland, we were delayed due to another storm and ofcourse all the trips More were running late, raining and alot of angry passengers due to the Kirkwall bus company only supplying one shuttle bus for the people who just wanted to go into town on their own. I was ashamed to see some passengers being abusive to a member of the crew because of the situation especially one elderly man who should have known better. We then sailed to Portree in the Isle of Skye but unfortunatly due to the bad weather it would not have been safe to tender anyone with the swells of 7 - 9 feet so the captain sailed on to Belfast after he had explained to everyone. We then went to the Giants Causeway after arriving in Belfast on our last day, very popular place to visit and was a well organsied day. We had the option to get the shuttle bus back into town after the trip but decided not to. All in all we had an amazing, comfortable, friendly and informative cruise. We are very sad to hear that Thomsons are not cruising out of the UK next year at all and hope that they change their minds for 2015. Less

Published 05/30/14

Cabin review: 484

Port and Shore Excursions

Giant's Causeway

well organised excursion, great tour guide and informative

we booked a flight over the volcano / glacier / waterfalls / geysir it was amazing,

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