Having never been on a cruise before we thought a smaller ship would be less scary- and we were right! We had heard such wonderful things about the Norwegian fjords and we were not disappointed- the scenery was absolutely spectacular and we were extra blessed in having beautiful sunny weather,calm seas and also seeing the Northern Lights. The Norwegians are so friendly and polite and their knowledge of English puts us to shame as a nation.
As regards the ship: the cleanliness was a credit to the crew. Everywhere was spotless and there were always staff wiping down the bannister rails and lift buttons to ward off germs. Our cabin on deck 7 was more spacious than we expected with plenty of wardrobe space and a nice big window. Our cabin steward was always on hand to assist us and kept everything best and tidy.
Criticisms: Only half of the lifts were working at any one time. This was especially apparent when returning from excursions as there was only ONE lift available to take 3 bus loads of people from deck 3 upwards. As a lot of passengers were elderly or had walking difficulties and couldn't use the stairs , this caused ridiculously long queues and was extremely annoying when other lifts were there but not in use.
The food was not as good as we had thought it would be. They seemed to use cheap cuts of meat and the portions at dinner were very small. One starter we had of 'sesame chicken' consisted of just one leg from what looked like a budgie! Not even one mouthful of food on the plate.
Wifi is available but don't bother! I paid £10 for 2 hours and spent more than half that time just trying to actually get onto the network! Even when it connected, it took so long to download even emails that it's not worth the money and effort.
Otherwise the cruise was very enjoyable, the staff were always friendly and attentive and we met some lovely people. The excursions were enjoyable and helpful for finding out more about the area. (We particularly liked going up to the top of the mountain in
I would cruise with this company again as we got a good holiday for the money we paid - we had buy one get one free plus a free upgrade from deck 4 to deck 7 which was really appreciated.