Cruised before, but as with this cruise to Iceland and northern islands, chosen for the destinations rather than the cruise experience, so the Captain's decision to miss 2 ports of call because of high seas was disappointing, but also debatable and a subject of much speculation and discontent on board. Plus points were excellent embarkation arrangements, with security (in the light of previous concerns) present but haphazard as the priority was to keep people moving. Life boat drill was perceived as amazingly thorough as we lined up by our life boat to be inspected by the Captain with the girls looking after us genuinely worried if there was any levity whilst we were waiting. Staff on board were plentiful, smiling and efficient although the shore duties required of the entertainment staff apparently impacted on their rehearsal time. The little we saw of the entertainment looked as though it needed a large boost of funds to make it look more professional - no back drop and amateurish costumes. However they played to a full house every evening, so many people must have enjoyed it.
We (and others) were disappointed with the food. Plenty of it but only worth a 3 star rating in my opinion. Desserts were particularly poor and such luxuries as smoked salmon and prawns were very hard to find. Lots of salami and what looked like spam though! The Bistro best resembled a cafeteria. Main restaurants were lovely.
Wifi expensive and very slow. £17 x 2 daily all inclusive for alchohol expensive but wine with meals was reasonable.
The cabin was fine. Big window, clean, good shower, twin beds which gave us a lot more room, plenty of storage. TV reception intermittent. Central on deck 5 so very stable in rough seas. Our Steward was very efficient and some did towel folding!