It had always been a desire to travel to the Artic circle and see the Northern Lights. CMV offered this at the time of year which suited. We knew that it was a budget cruise, so went with an open mind.
We did like the idea of a small ship as they tend to be friendlier. The only problem is being a small ship it gets thrown around alot more when the seas are rough. We have only been on larger ships, max 2500 passengers and in areas like the Med or Caribean which tend to be smoother.
Our biggest problem was from the poor service received. Try for a pre-dinner drink in the Captians Bar and the average wait was 30 minutes. In the buffet you would never see a smile from the crew. One can only assume the management were extremely hard on them.
Nice sized room. Plenty of storage
Port of Tilbury is very basic, but it does the job. When we arrived there was a delay as there had been an outbreak of Norovirus and the ship had to be fumigated. Not sure if it worked as my wife and I both were ill for the last 3 days of the cruise. The illness lasted over 2 weeks.
Not much here.
Good to explore
Not much to see. Mainly north cape visit
Very pretty town
Great views from top of the funicular. Reduction for over 65's of 50%.