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The cruise took us from Dover, England to Newcastle, England to Kirkwall, Scotland, to Reykjavik and Akureyri, Iceland, to Bergen and Stavanger, Norway and ended up at Copenhagen, Denmark, We did three days pre-cruise in London and three days post-cruise in Copenhagen. The ship was immaculate, service attentive, food excellent and captain and crew accessible, friendly and knowledgeable. The ports were magnificent. The history and culture in each city was amazing. The scenery, from the snowcapped mountains, to the lush greenery and the small villages was outstanding. While the weather was chilly, rainy and/or damp for most of the trip, it did not impede any of our plans. We were prepared with jackets and rainwear. It did clear up several times during our port adventures. While sailing in the North Sea, the captain alerted us to potential rough seas predicted for the evening/night. There were twenty foot swells, but ironically, that night we slept our best - perhaps it was the rocking like a cradle that kept us sleeping so well. We crossed into the Arctic Circle enroute to Iceland and since it was the summer solstice, there was no sunrise or sunset time - it was light for 24 hours. The locals in the port cities were friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. We were able to enjoy delicious local fare in many of the ports. People in Newcastle lined the countryside across from our port and waved good-bye to our ship as we left. At Kirkwall, a Scottish bagpipe band serenaded our ship at port and a troupe of Scottish dancers put on a show for us at port. While all the countries/ports were magnificent, our favorites were both ports in Iceland and Stavanger, Norway. We would highly recommend this cruise and the ports.

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Disney Magic Cruise Review by Garfieldw707

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The cruise took us from Dover, England to Newcastle, England to Kirkwall, Scotland, to Reykjavik and Akureyri, Iceland, to Bergen and Stavanger, Norway and ended up at Copenhagen, Denmark, We did three days pre-cruise in London and three days post-cruise in Copenhagen. The ship was immaculate, service attentive, food excellent and captain and crew accessible, friendly and knowledgeable. The ports were magnificent. The history and culture in each city was amazing. The scenery, from the snowcapped mountains, to the lush greenery and the small villages was outstanding. While the weather was chilly, rainy and/or damp for most of the trip, it did not impede any of our plans. We were prepared with jackets and rainwear. It did clear up several times during our port adventures. While sailing in the North Sea, the captain alerted us to potential rough seas predicted for the evening/night. There were twenty foot swells, but ironically, that night we slept our best - perhaps it was the rocking like a cradle that kept us sleeping so well. We crossed into the Arctic Circle enroute to Iceland and since it was the summer solstice, there was no sunrise or sunset time - it was light for 24 hours. The locals in the port cities were friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. We were able to enjoy delicious local fare in many of the ports. People in Newcastle lined the countryside across from our port and waved good-bye to our ship as we left. At Kirkwall, a Scottish bagpipe band serenaded our ship at port and a troupe of Scottish dancers put on a show for us at port. While all the countries/ports were magnificent, our favorites were both ports in Iceland and Stavanger, Norway. We would highly recommend this cruise and the ports.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
Cabin 05A 7056
Cabin was spacious and was kept immaculately clean by the room steward. We love the split bathroom plan, where there are essentially two areas to get ready for the day - one has the tub/shower with a vanity - sink, mirror, shelving and the other has the commode with a vanity - sink, mirror, shelving.
Deck 7 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Akureyri Highlights
    The tour guide was outstanding and we saw many of the popular sites in and around Akureyri. We had enough time at all the stops to explore independently.
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  • City Tour
    We enjoyed the highlights tour which took us to many of the important sites in and around Bergen. The negative was that it was scheduled later in the day, so we did not have time to explore on our own after the tour was over. Some others on our tour decided to venture out on their own in the morning before the tour began, which was a good idea; however, as I stated earlier, we are not well-traveled and felt more secure staying with a definite schedule.
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  • Kirkwall
    We participated in the Kirkwall walking tour. The guide was excellent as we toured many of the historic sites in Kirkwall. Afterwards, we chose to stay in Kirkwall for a couple of additional hours to enjoy the sites more fully. The history in this city is amazing. The people were very friendly and helpful.
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  • City Tour
    The tour was "Highlights of Newcastle". It consisted of a bus tour, which stopped at several of the important sites. We also had an hour of free time at the Market Place. The tour guide was excellent. This was a very appropriate tour for people like us who have not traveled extensively in the past.
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  • City Tour
    The city tour was highlights of Reykjavik. We enjoyed the many and varied sites we saw throughout the city and outskirts of the city. The tour guide was good. Because we were ported overnight, we were able to stay in the city for several hours after the tour was over to enjoy Reykjavik on our own at our leisure.
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  • The Old Town
    Our tour guide was excellent. After the bus tour, which took us to many places, with adequate time to explore at each place on our own, we ended the tour with a walking tour of "old town". Because we had several hours before the ship set sail again, we stayed in "old town" and explored some more on our own.
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