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We chose a cruise for the first time this holiday as I have a disabled foot, yet still the instinct to roam beyond my usual experience, and I also enjoy to sketch and paint as we go! We chose the 'Classic Round Voyage' with London Gatwick flights - to Norway's Fjords and the hoped for Northern Lights. We are not used to travelling in groups, especially of our own age, but were quickly aware of most peoples shared enthusiasms and friendliness. The ship was a stimulating space as Jan's Lectures and the whole excursions teams advice was enticing. We attended an Art Nouveau walk and later a Viking Feast in a traditional long house which enacted a gentle pageant, feasted us all, and allowed us to have a brief interaction with their authentic artefacts, before we exited through the snowy night past Vikings holding flames aloft! Our favourite excursion was a husky pulled sled ride in Kirkeness, involving eight very keen husky dogs, an enthusiastic Musha and a great circular ride through a frozen landscape of woods and all across a frozen Fjord and back through the woods. We were warmed by an open fire and some hot juice and took in the skilled artwork within the Ice Palace and a visit to the Reindeer. The difference in currency meant most things on offer had to be carefully weighed up, but without too many bought in extras the cruise was brilliant as three meals a day where Breakfast and Lunch were a wide variety of buffet style locally sourced fresh fishes, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, bakeries, cereals, soup and imaginatively cooked dishes. Dinner was served to us at set tables and included a small booklet advising us of where the food was originated, by whom and what history and tradition of the foods on this menu brought to us. These Dinners were carefully balanced and a delight to indulge in, equivalent to any multi starred restaurant. We witnessed the Northern Lights five times in all and each that bit more spectacular. The 'know how' on adjusting our cameras was very useful and successful. During the day-time we walked some of the calories off around the windy deck, and used the opportunity to take many photographs of the passing mountainous landscape. Our comfortable above water cabin had a double bed and plenty of clothes storage space, a kettle for teas and coffee and an en suite shower and loo. We peeped out from behind two lifeboats and then went on deck to view the panoramic scene for real. The idiosyncratic team culture was such a success as they seemed to have agreed that whatever it took they would make it the best they could, and it was!

A magical, stimulating and other worldly happy experience of a lifetime.

Polarlys Cruise Review by Tarrantula

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We chose a cruise for the first time this holiday as I have a disabled foot, yet still the instinct to roam beyond my usual experience, and I also enjoy to sketch and paint as we go! We chose the 'Classic Round Voyage' with London Gatwick flights - to Norway's Fjords and the hoped for Northern Lights.

We are not used to travelling in groups, especially of our own age, but were quickly aware of most peoples shared enthusiasms and friendliness. The ship was a stimulating space as Jan's Lectures and the whole excursions teams advice was enticing.

We attended an Art Nouveau walk and later a Viking Feast in a traditional long house which enacted a gentle pageant, feasted us all, and allowed us to have a brief interaction with their authentic artefacts, before we exited through the snowy night past Vikings holding flames aloft!

Our favourite excursion was a husky pulled sled ride in Kirkeness, involving eight very keen husky dogs, an enthusiastic Musha and a great circular ride through a frozen landscape of woods and all across a frozen Fjord and back through the woods. We were warmed by an open fire and some hot juice and took in the skilled artwork within the Ice Palace and a visit to the Reindeer.

The difference in currency meant most things on offer had to be carefully weighed up, but without too many bought in extras the cruise was brilliant as three meals a day where Breakfast and Lunch were a wide variety of buffet style locally sourced fresh fishes, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, bakeries, cereals, soup and imaginatively cooked dishes. Dinner was served to us at set tables and included a small booklet advising us of where the food was originated, by whom and what history and tradition of the foods on this menu brought to us. These Dinners were carefully balanced and a delight to indulge in, equivalent to any multi starred restaurant.

We witnessed the Northern Lights five times in all and each that bit more spectacular. The 'know how' on adjusting our cameras was very useful and successful. During the day-time we walked some of the calories off around the windy deck, and used the opportunity to take many photographs of the passing mountainous landscape. Our comfortable above water cabin had a double bed and plenty of clothes storage space, a kettle for teas and coffee and an en suite shower and loo. We peeped out from behind two lifeboats and then went on deck to view the panoramic scene for real.

The idiosyncratic team culture was such a success as they seemed to have agreed that whatever it took they would make it the best they could, and it was!
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Cabin 632
Our comfortable above water cabin had a double bed and plenty of clothes storage space, a kettle for teas and coffee and an en suite shower, wash basin and loo. We peeped out from behind two lifeboats and then went on deck to view the panoramic scene for real.