We have cruised several times before but this was the first time on a small ship and it was delightful. The atmosphere is totally different than on a large ship carrying several thousand passengers. The crew made an effort to know the passengers and the service could not have been better.
The information about our ports of call were provided by the on board expert via lectures and by locals who came on board to give us lots of information about what we could see and do. It was all interesting and informative and helped make our time in each port more enjoyable.
The service and the food in the dinning room was top notch and the open seating made it easy to get to know our fellow travelers and we met many interesting people who made the trip that much more enjoyable.
We most certainly will take a small ship cruise again, in fact, I am not sure that we will ever take a trip on one of the behemoths again. The small ship experience added so much to our vacation I would definitely recommend it for the mature, seasoned traveler.
Cabin was small but well appointed. The housekeeping staff kept everything spotless. We did have a balcony and spent some time sitting on it and it was quite pleasant. Only thing I found irritating was the hardware on the chest of drawers. The drawer pulls were so small it was hard for someone with a bit of arthritis in their fingers to pull the drawers open. A minor complaint on an otherwise satisfactory cabin.