This was our first cruise and all the passengers onboard had been enthralled by the Joanna Lumley programme in her search for the Northern Lights, we were all there for the same reason, to see the magical lights. The embarkation was very smooth and organised, we were on the ship with a coffee within 30 minutes of arriving at Tilbury. We did not know what to expect and we were apprehensive but we need not have been, everything on board was first class, the food and service was excellent with plenty of choice at Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, entertainment was very entertaining, the entertainment team put on some great shows, don't know how they remember all the routines! Ship was very clean and all the crew work incredibly hard to make your cruise perfect,the multi-national crew are very friendly, courteous and speak very good English. The cabins were cleaned to a high standard daily and were comfortable but basic,there is so much to do on board you only really want to sleep there. We found the delivery of the next day's daily programme to our cabin very useful with what's on and when facilities are open on board as well as weather and excursion details. The excursions were well organised and interesting but a little expensive, we would have gone into the towns independently if we had known it would be in walking distance,a lesson learnt for next time. When the Northern Lights appeared late at night the cruise director put an announcement over the tannoy and we all went up on deck to view the sight(some of us were in bed, we were thankful for this as we may not have seen them) Highlights for us were the onboard quizzes,food,impeccable staff,entertainment and the Ice Hotel in Alta, very magical, would definitely recommend this cruise.
Cabin was comfortable, quiet and clean but basic, would have liked tea/coffee making facilities in cabin.