We wanted to celebrate our 70 th birthdays this year and to see the Northern lights if possible.
The Norovirus situation ruined the cruise. For it to happen is unfortunate. To happen on two consecutive cruises is worrying but for the problem to still not be resolved on a third trip is irresponsible. We were told that the ship would be delayed for a deep clean due to one or two cases of Norovirus. There was no mention of the true scale of the problem. By day two people were going down with the bug in droves. We were made to feel that it was entirely the fault of passengers not being hygienic. I suspect that the transportation of sick passengers from the previous cruise infecting the vehicles which were then used to transport new passengers to the ship for the next cruise might have been one source of the Norovirus. There could not have been enough deep cleaning in the turn around time. The ship infected us, not the other way round.
So many activities were curtailed as attempts were made to bring the virus under control. We were fortunate in that we got to do some of the trips before my husband succumbed to the bug and we were confined to our cabin for 4 days. Also people in several cabins on either side of ours all became victims at the same time . How do you explain that, Captain Julian? We had washed our hands very very carefully and avoided the public areas as much as possible yet we both went down with it.