It was an ideal way to get to Iceland without having to fly (which I refuse to do any more). Embarkation was smooth and fast with scarcely any queueing. Disembarkation was equally fast and efficient. We had an internal cabin which was adequate in size, pleasant decor, very comfortable bed, and efficient shower in the ensuite. The stewardess was very pleasant and efficient, like all the other staff and crew we encountered. There was a good choice of restaurants and bars, with a different ambience in each. The food was superb and the waiting staff very efficient, besides being the pleasantest and friendliest you will meet anywhere. There were plenty of different activities available, from watercolour painting to ballroom dancing, to ukulele playing and on to games like quoits and shuffleboard. Two excellent swimming pools, jacuzzis and a gymnasium catered for the more energetic - you could be as active or as laid-back as you liked. There was a good programme of lectures, plus bridge games, quizzes and even bingo if that is your fancy. There was a good choice of shore excursions, and we enjoyed all three that we chose. We went whale-watching in Akureyri, and were not disappointed. The only quibble I have about that excursion is that it was quite a long walk from the ship to the trip boat. My husband has a heart problem and had difficulty keeping up with the rest of the group, as did another man similarly affected. It would have been better to have a minibus available. The blue lagoon trip we did from Reykjavík was wonderful. We saw a lot of the countryside and had a wonderful soak in a beautiful hot thermal lagoon. In Orkney we visited Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar, passing by Maes Howe and the stones of Stenness, and getting an excellent trip through the surrounding countryside. This was well organised, and a pleasure to experience. We enjoyed this, our first cruise, so much that we have already booked to go to the Baltic with Fred Olsen next year.
Very comfortable large double bed with adequate space around it. Crisp white bedlinen. Good lighting everywhere, two bedside tables, desk with a large mirror over, and a chair. Five drawers at the side of the desk. Three door wardrobe, one section having four shelves and four drawers. In that section was the safe. In the other section with two doors was hanging space, and in the bottom left corner a small refrigerator. The ensuite bathroom had toilet, wash basin and shower - the water was always hot and plentiful, and the shower efficient. On the outside of the bathroom door was a large full length mirror. The stewardess kept the room pristine. When she turned the beds down in the evening she left a copy of the Daily Times on one of our pillows and a chocolate on each. Considering ours was the cheapest category of cabin, the accommodation was very good.
Excellent apart from the long walk to get to the trip boat.
Just wonderful - I didnt want to come out of the water! Plus we saw a lot of the countryside on the way to the Blue Lagoon.
Small friendly and efficient.