Island Princess Review

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Review for Norwegian Fjords Cruise on Island Princess
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Kala89
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2023
Cabin: Mini-Suite with Balcony

We recently completed a 14-day Search for the Northern Lights cruise to Norway. Although we had quite a few days with rough seas, the Island Princess handled the seas well. Our cabin was spacious and the balcony was larger than on many ships. Some of the cabin furnishings clearly need to be replaced. Our mini-suite couch and chair looked very worn. The bed also had clear indentations of where people slept. Our steward, Martin, took very good care of us. He serviced the room twice every day. We loved having a kettle and coffee/tea supplies in the room. We found that the ship felt quite crowded. It was always difficult to find a place to sit in Horizon Court. There were never any seats available in the Plaza area. In order to watch the evening shows, you had to arrive ½ hour before showtime to get a good seat. We especially enjoyed the live music on this ship. We loved listening and dancing to Anna and The So Cool Quartet. The Asian Soul band was also great with a very talented singer. The Cruise Director, Andi Sanders, was very friendly and very visible around the ship, as well as a talented entertainer and singer. Deb Fraioli was an excellent Destination Expert. Her talks were very balanced and comprehensive. We loved the cooking show on the last sea day. We were very disappointed that there weren’t good enrichment lectures to tell us about life in Norway, explain about the Northern Lights, etc. Food was okay although the menu selections seemed somewhat limited. I could never find any regular (not flavored) green tea at the buffet and the peppermint tea was often not available. Some of the activities planned for the day did not really work in the cold climate. People don’t want to sit out in freezing temperatures to watch the Movies under the Stars and the blankets were nowhere to be found. We were told by staff and it was mentioned in the Patter that announcements about the sighting of Northern Lights would be made on the Bridge cam channel on the television. We slept with our TV on this channel most nights and announcements were only made on 1 night. We spent several evenings on our balcony looking for the Lights rather than participating in shipboard activities. Fortunately, we had several good sightings. The ship seemed to have good morale among the staff. Most everyone we met, was friendly and helpful. Norway was spectacular and we very much enjoyed our time on Island Princess.

Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony

Cabin was well-located in mid-ship area. Couch and chair looked shabby. Mattress needed to be replaced. Room was spacious and quiet. Thermostat adjustments didn't always change temperature in room. Plenty of storage space. Closet was awkwardly placed behind bathroom door.

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Lofoten

The highlight of this trip. We had perfect weather which made for spectacular scenery. On our private tour, we visited 3 of the islands and had plenty of time to take photos.

Alta

There's not much to see in the town. We visited the Northern Lights Cathedral which was very modern. Both nights we went out on excursions to see the Northern Lights but were unsuccessful due to clouds and snow.

Southampton

Had a very enjoyable day in Southampton. Our hotel was in a very touristy area with lots of shops and restaurants. We were able to walk to the waterfront, West Quay Mall, Tudor House Garden, Bargate, etc. Had 2 delightful dinners in authentic Italian & Greek restaurants.

Tromso

Loved going up the cable car for great views of the city and snowy mountains in the background. Lots of snow at the top of the cable car. In the afternoon, we did a private excursion to experience a wagon ride pulled by a team of Husky dogs. Beautiful scenery and great to get into the countryside to see the regular Norwegian homes & farms.

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