My friend actually chose this Ponant cruise because of its interesting title: "In the Wake of the Vikings", and because of historical interest and curiosity about lands I had never before visited I decided it was a grand idea to see parts of Iceland and Scotland and finish in Norway where great adventurers had set out from to explore initially unknown lands.
This cruise did not disappoint - the ship was absolutely perfect in its size and outlay. As there are only a small number of passengers the dining seating allowed us to meet many different people or we could be seated by ourselves if required.The meals were always beautifully cooked and served (5courses if you wanted with superb choices for each). This may sound over indulgent but portion size enabled us to taste such a wonderful assemblage of offerings!
From the moment we stepped on board (to be greeted by the captain is a special delight) we were spoiled - our cabin (we had a stateroom on level 5 with its own balcony) was very well equipped and serviced(at several times throughout the day). All our needs were met immediately because of the small size so crew did not have to go far. A special bonus was access to the bridge when appropriate.
Light-filled, beautiful decor and fittings, and welcoming.
Storage very well done - more than adequate.(Space to put large suitcases under beds which meant no constantly stepping over stuff or having to move things around)
Room fridge brilliantly stocked and re-stocked whenever needed.
Towels changed only when needed which I cherish because just like at home a towel can be used more than once and why wash them every day?
Balcony easily accessed and private.
A tour around the northern part of the Isle of Skye visiting sites of ancient civilisations brilliantly presented. Guides very informative and keen to share knowledge. Visit to grave site of Flora McDonald who saved Bonnie Prince Charlie. In Portree had time for afternoon tea in a local pub which was fun.
A visit to an Ancient ring of stones older than Stonehenge and visiting actual archaeological excavations, plus the manor home of Laird who found remains of ancient people on his land and donated vast areas to science.
After a half day tour of the lighthouse, viking ruins and watching seals we then had a walk through the town of Lerwick which shows both the beautiful old town and a new modern area. Ship berthed very close to town centre so very easy to walk back.