This cruise was to the Faroes, Iceland, Orkney and Shetland sailing from Hull.
First impression was that the embarkation arrangements were mickey mouse as we had opted for the car parking arrangements. In the end however, choosing secure parking was a good move as we were the first to leave the ship on arriving back at Hull. My wife had never experienced a small ship cruise before and having sailed with Princess, Celebrity and Cunard it would have been easy to consider this a lesser experience.
So, in general:
a) Cabin was clean and spacious - superior ocean view (I think) despite no sofa and extra seat.
b) Cabin service - excellent.
c) Cruise Director - Tony Parkins - wonderful host.
d) Evening entertainment in the Marco Polo Lounge - as good as anything you would get on the big ships. The Marco Polo Ballet (as they are called) were amazing.
e) Waldorf Restaurant (1st Sitting) - Much too frantic for our liking and dropped out of formal dining half way through the cruise.
f) Marco Polo Bistro - good choice of menu if you could put up with the lack of space especially at breakfast time. You needed to get up early.
g) The waiting/res bistro staff were in the main youngsters from Romania, Serbia, India and the Ukraine. One criticism is that they would not defer to you and would expect you to get out of their way. Not happy about that and it would be a complaint. However, it was not all of them to be fair.
h) TV in cabin - waste of time. Bad quality viewing.
I) Shore excursions. - Strictly they were very expensive in Iceland and the Faroes for what you got. I am not surprised as the VAT rates are astronomical. The worst value was the Eastern Iceland Essentials in Seydisfjordur which at £69 per person was a "rip off" as there strictly was nothing to see and shopping stops are not my interest.
j) Cocktails were very good value for money.
k) Cruise cost - Two for one? Don't believe it. We paid well over £3000 for two and there is no way that I would have paid £3000 for just the one. Never.
Generally then it was an enjoyable trip and being so small you could meet people and then meet them again unlike the big ships where you would never bump into the same people again.
Not sure that I would use MSV again as the ship is quite old, but was an interesting experience.