Chose this cruise because of its interesting itinerary and because it sailed to countries & places I had never visited...Kirkwall, Iceland, Greenland, St John's, Nova Scotia, Quebec.
As cruise virgins my wife & I had nothing to compare this with - other than an excellent & fascinating trip from Bergen up to the Russian border with Hurtigruten a couple of years earlier.
The trip turned out to be a few days too long. Routines gradually became repetitive and too many days were spent at sea just adding miles to our next port of call. Nevertheless, for a bargain price and a fascinating cruise, this was a pleasant experience that didn't put us off cruising... but did teach us some good lessons.