We picked this trip to see the Northern Lights and Norway in winter, to remind me of growing up in the snow! The crew - ALL OF THEM - are amazing, unfailing nice, and make this cruise a really wonderful time. They read and respond to your comments on a daily basis so if you need something they really do take it into account. Seriously, cannot day enough good things about all the crew. Even the happy water guy who gives you bottles of water when you leave the boat was a delight. They had cocoa upon your returns. When there were northern lights sightings announced, about 10 minutes later a crew member would show up with trays of warm cocoa. That level of service is remarkable.
Our room, 6010 Penthouse Veranda PV-1 category), was roomy and never felt too tight for a 13 day cruise. Given all the gear one needs for the trip, I’m very happy we didn’t book a smaller room. Shower was a good size, good water pressure, but the nozzle head was a little wonky - you have to swivel and turn to get it just right. Most suitcases will fit under the beds, so that was a great little treat.
The food is good, not great. Some things are terrific, but overall good. That’s not a complaint by any means, just don’t come expecting Jean Georges at sea. But, if you want good food, you’ll find it. Manfredis Italian was good. They had churros for dessert, which delighted me to no end: Chefs Table was less successful, but still interesting. Favorite meal there was surprisingly the British one. Best food was Viking Burger at the Pool Grill (it’s straight up an amazing burger) and The Restaurant. Pool Grille has onion rings and they are also excellent. The Restaurant has daily menu changes, mostly successful. Consistently good food. Neither of us liked the World Cafe, pretty much at all. For any meal.