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10 Reykjavik to Europe - British Isles & Western Cruise Reviews

This was a trip circumnavigating Iceland, which was a very good way to see more remote parts of the country. Cabins very comfortable with plenty of closet, drawer, and shelf space and cabin service was excellent. I was disappointed that ... Read More
This was a trip circumnavigating Iceland, which was a very good way to see more remote parts of the country. Cabins very comfortable with plenty of closet, drawer, and shelf space and cabin service was excellent. I was disappointed that the shower in my cabin was over a bathtub, making it very difficult to get in and out of the shower. Bathtubs on ships don't make a lot of sense to me. And the shower head was placed awkwardly in a corner, making it difficult to get the full force of the shower. Service was very good and so was the food; dinners were elegantly served and there was always good entree choices. The Fitness Center is very well equipped. Generally, Windstar does a good job. My annoyance is that I felt "nickled and dimed" because there are so many extra charges. I would rather pay a little more and have more included (like wine at dinner and laundry). Another annoyance is to arrive at a "briefing" for the next day's activities only to have to sit through half an hour of marketing for future Windstar trips before the "briefing" begins. Another annoyance is Internet access; they sell it but tell you that it will work only intermittently and so much time is used up just trying to log on, plus it's expensive! But all in all, it was a good trip and I would do it again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This small yacht has one of the better cabins than Regents, Celebrity, Paul Gauguin, etc. The cabins have no balcony but an open space for double doors. The interior design includes a walk-in closet. That is a WOW. The trip sailed ... Read More
This small yacht has one of the better cabins than Regents, Celebrity, Paul Gauguin, etc. The cabins have no balcony but an open space for double doors. The interior design includes a walk-in closet. That is a WOW. The trip sailed around Iceland and the shore excursions were plentiful. Perhaps the cost of living in Iceland is high, it appears that the shore excursions are more expensive than the other cruises. Not a great deal of travelers heard of WindStar. But if this cruise line is going to Asia, their WIFI program needs to work at a better level than at the present. Entertainment is very low key. Most of all, confusions with communications appeared quite often, resulting in conflicts with travelers. On the whole, it is a pleasant, cold and windy cruise in the midst of summer so that I can say I crossed the Article Circle in style. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Crystal Symphony is an appealing ship, well maintained and spotlessly clean. It’s large enough to have a variety of dining and entertainment, yet small enough to get on and off easily. Service was unfussy and mostly efficient, and the ... Read More
Crystal Symphony is an appealing ship, well maintained and spotlessly clean. It’s large enough to have a variety of dining and entertainment, yet small enough to get on and off easily. Service was unfussy and mostly efficient, and the smart casual dress code works well. Our stateroom was just about big enough, with a compact bathroom and little veranda. Meals throughout were very tasty but not over-elaborate. We chose “dining by reservation” as the main sittings were too early or late for us. The dining room was quieter around 8 pm but we did miss the headline entertainment. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable and easily dealt with special requests and odd mistake from the kitchen. Different passable wines were offered each day, and you could ask for any you liked another time. There’s a long menu of all-inclusive cocktails and spirits. Prego was a pleasant change too, but the menu wasn’t especially Italian. The busy Lido Café had huge self-service spreads at breakfast and lunch including many healthier options, but the drinks service was rather hit-and-miss there. We didn’t use the Trident Grill up in the chilly northern Atlantic. The Bistro café and Crystal Cove bar were small comfortable areas off main thoroughfares, but the Avenue Saloon looked gloomy with closed shutters. Palm Court – the “observation lounge” - is the venue for formal afternoon tea (waiters rather incongruous in eighteenth century costume one day) but the musicians were amplified so loudly that we stopped going. In spite of other niggles such as the slow or non-existent internet, we would still have given this cruise five out of five but for a couple of issues: Firstly, two ports - Waterford and Fowey - were missed due to tendering being deemed unsafe, so instead of anchoring in pretty estuaries, the ship berthed in industrial docks. Perhaps some guests could have managed the tenders, but everybody’s plans were scuppered and the company couldn’t organise much at short notice. We heard that another call was skipped on the previous sector of the cruise - Crystal shouldn’t schedule ports where there is a significant risk that tendering won’t be possible. Secondly, having found a table in the Lido Café on our last morning, we were stunned when a waiter rushed in front of us to claim it for another guest. He didn’t apologise, leaving a nasty taste as we disembarked. Would we sail with Crystal again? Probably - but would avoid itineraries that involve tendering. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Coming off of a RSSC cruise on Voyager, also in Scandinavia, expectations were high. Oceania, while not the same all-inclusive experience, offered better dining and an altogether better value proposition as well as a more lively crowd. ... Read More
Coming off of a RSSC cruise on Voyager, also in Scandinavia, expectations were high. Oceania, while not the same all-inclusive experience, offered better dining and an altogether better value proposition as well as a more lively crowd. Our PH1 suite, 8030, was extremely well located, quiet, clean, and well maintained though wardrobes and bathroom were a bit small, at 6'3" had to duck to use the shower. Early embarkation was a breeze and luggage delivery was less than one hour after getting access to our cabin. Specialty dining at Polo and Toscana were great and offered twice in each restaurant as suite passengers on the 10 night cruise. In MDR suite status seemed to ensure (not an advertised perk) seating at prime 2-top tables by the windows unless we requested group seating. We opted for top-flight beverage package based on number of sea days, but wouldn't opt for this again as we felt "pressure" to make the most of it. Have read other reviews that pan this ship, I understand that there was an unfortunate fire and norovirus outbreak on the ship which seem to have pushed down the overall score. Our experience was top-notch and we would have no reservations about booking on Insignia again. In fact we enjoyed the cruise so much we booked another on Riviera for next year. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Regent Seven Seas markets its cruises as first class. In some ways it almost is but other parts are so bad that it ruined the good parts. This cruise line goes the cheapest route when it comes to airline travel and hotels. Regent is ... Read More
Regent Seven Seas markets its cruises as first class. In some ways it almost is but other parts are so bad that it ruined the good parts. This cruise line goes the cheapest route when it comes to airline travel and hotels. Regent is EXPENSIVE and only if you drink and eat an extraordinary amount will you get your money's worth. Bad -- Emergency situations: Disastrous. Their emergency number took over an hour to answer, then put us on hold, when our air transportation got changed by them and we were marooned. Air Travel -- we were supposed to have Business Class and instead they booked us on a third rate local airline and it resulted in us missing a connection and a whole day's vacation plus paying $500+ for hotel and taxi to a different airport which Regent refused to pay. We later learned from experienced Regent travelers to check what flights you want and then insist they book you on them. Internet -- we had no internet for most of the cruise, despite being told we would and printed marketing material indicating full time internet. If you have to do business while traveling, do not take this cruise line. One fellow passenger missed an important stock trade and was hysterical because there was no internet. Despite promises to fix it, it never was fully functional. Embarkation/Debarkation: Disorganized, confusing and way too time consuming. Ditto for baggage handing. Hotels: They book you into average hotels with basic rooms, definitely not first class. Our hotel room in Reykjavik was so small we couldn't even turn around, also hot and stuffy. In Copenhagen we inquired about upgrading our room and were told that Regent only books "Basic" rooms, not first class. Good: Fabulously well trained staff especially our private Butler. The best part of the trip. All other staff on board were very polite and helpful. However, lowly staff can only do so much when management is lacking. Entertainment was excellent but for first time Regent cruisers it should have been better explained as to how to be seated, etc. Most food better than average except the premier Prime 7 where we had two bad meals. The French restaurant, Signatures, was very good. The basic restaurants Compass Rose and the Veranda were good and wine selections were also good. Overall, all service on board was excellent, including our Butler, cleaning staff, servers, bartenders, etc. Word of advice, this cruise is not for families as it is appeared to be older than average crowd. Some patrons were much too elderly/infirm to do the excursions and yet were allowed to participate, resulting in inconveniencing everyone else. If you are looking for a totally first class experience, we would suggest a different cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Overall I found the cruise to be mediocre. The strong features were the ports, the cabin location (mid ship) and the service. The ship was full and I was offered $17,000 for the cabin which I turned down. This was my biggest mistake ... Read More
Overall I found the cruise to be mediocre. The strong features were the ports, the cabin location (mid ship) and the service. The ship was full and I was offered $17,000 for the cabin which I turned down. This was my biggest mistake made on the cruise. The weak features included the food, the dining venues, the ship itself including public areas, and the activities aboard ship during the day. The cruise feature a large number of free cruises at each port of call. However, I did not find the tours I went on to be very interesting. I cancelled all my excursions towards the end of the cruise to spend the time walking through the very walkable towns. The ships activities were very limited while in port. Even during the two at sea days (one created because high winds kept us from visiting the Shetland Islands) the ship activities were very limited. The food was not very inspiring. There were plenty of dining options, but I found the quality to be somewhat lacking. There were a few high quality menu items and many poor items. The specialty restaurants were not worth visiting. The embarkation was excellent, well staffed and fast. The debarkation in Copenhagen was not well staffed, slow and a bit chaotic. I found the value for the cost of the cruise to be low. I will not be sailing on Regent again. Crystal Cruises in my mind offers higher quality. For a video of the Voyager, the highlights of the ports and the optional pre-stay tour in Reykjavik please view the You Tube video below. Regent Voyager "Viking" Cruise July 2016 https://youtu.be/ie67RKgGsGc Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Did a circumnavigation of Iceland. Ship was in very good condition, considering its age (but it did have a refurb last May). A few minor things could have been better, tho. Liked our window stateroom - at 277 sq. ft, it was large for a ... Read More
Did a circumnavigation of Iceland. Ship was in very good condition, considering its age (but it did have a refurb last May). A few minor things could have been better, tho. Liked our window stateroom - at 277 sq. ft, it was large for a very small ship. Everything in good working order. Asked for feather pillows, and our room steward got them for me. Food, for the most part, was very good. My wife had a standard steak in AmphorA that was not very good, but the filet mignon in Candles was excellent. Otherwise, I'd rate it very good. Lots of variety for on-deck BBQ, incl lobster. But did not open Verandah for breakfast or lunch, due to chilly weather. Very pleased with wait staff in restaurants! Gave 3 of them an extra tip. We were on the Star Legend's inaugural voyage last May, and some of the staff remembered us. My wife remembered the casino mgr when she was with another cruise line; they bonded. Shorex varied from Good to Fair; ditto for tour leaders -- primarily English language skills (accent and vocabulary). But remember you're in very small towns (several hundred to a few thousand), so not a lot of population to draw from for tourism. Only truly negative was a local actor who came on board for a one-man show on one of the Icelandic sagas, He was terrible! Overall, a very good experience and I'd go again on one of Windstar's power yachts. Ignore the negative reviews - chalk it up to "learning curve". Give Windstar a try. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
As we had cruised last year from New York to Reykjavik, we chose to join a shorter cruise , a Getaway, to complete the crossing from USA to Britain. We joined in the tiny , efficient cruise terminal of Reykjavik, after a few days in ... Read More
As we had cruised last year from New York to Reykjavik, we chose to join a shorter cruise , a Getaway, to complete the crossing from USA to Britain. We joined in the tiny , efficient cruise terminal of Reykjavik, after a few days in this interesting city, and were warmly welcomed aboard by the friendly staff, and a chilled glass of champagne. Embarkation was over in minutes and the cabin was ready, so our hand luggage was carried for us to our deck 9 cabin, main luggage arriving while we enjoyed a delightful lunch. We sailed late that incredible midnight sunlit evening , and settled into the routine of enjoying a luxurious week aboard. Crystal Symphony did not disappoint, fine dining, excellent room service, a charming , super efficient cabin stewardess,wonderful quality of very varied entertainment , great lectures on offer, also repeated on cabin Tv, and a wide choice of daytime activities. To our delight it was a Big Band cruise, with the glorious rich sound of the Tommy Dorsey orchestra playing for dancing each evening,though we were astounded that far less guests were enjoying the music than on previous big band cruises we have enjoyed, possibly because the sessions were strangely times to coincide with dining hours . It was interesting to meet a former captain of the ship, sailing as a guest, who was thoroughly enjoying not having responsibility for the running of a fine vessel. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Traveled from Reykjavik to Southhampton in late August departing ship on September 1. Airport transfer in Reykjavik was confusing. Guide left people stranded at airport and we had to return back to airport - there were only about 20 people ... Read More
Traveled from Reykjavik to Southhampton in late August departing ship on September 1. Airport transfer in Reykjavik was confusing. Guide left people stranded at airport and we had to return back to airport - there were only about 20 people on the transfer so it is strange that these minor logistics could not be better handled. The Grand Hotel is anything but Grand. Hotel is located in an office park a good distance from the core of town and there really was very few services, etc., walkable nearby. Registration at the hotel was not smooth. Hotel personnel seemed confused and overwhelmed by the bus load of folks coming and going. The hotel is a former Holiday Inn and being the largest in Iceland it really acts like a convention hotel, not the type of hotel that a luxury line should place their guests. Food quality was poor. The ebarkation from the hotel to ship stayed on the same subpar level. Sat on a coach for almost 1 hour waiting for the loading of luggage - again this is reflective of the type of hotel and personnel. Had hoped to use our own bathing suits to vist Blue Lagoon trip arranged through Silverseas but were rushed off before we could even get settled. Rented suits at the Lagon and the guide was excetional and helpful. Difficult to understand how this was so rushed when the ship was scehduled to depart at 10 pm. Other excursions: Vestmannaeyjar on Heimaey Island tour was very good. The guide grew up on the island and talked about this personal experiences with the 1973 volcano eruption. This was the cheapest tour offerred by the excursion office and I think one of the best of the tour. Unfortunately, there were only two tours offerred in Djupivogur and many were sold out months in advance. When asked if other tours could be added, the excusion office said no. Very limited options on your own with such a small location. Was most disappointed because this is why we choose the itinerary. Full day tour of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis was again rushed. We spent a whopping 20 minutes at the Callanish Stones. Lunch at hotel in Tarbert was good - but the itinerary promised a viewing of Harris Tweed manufacturing. Instead we were dumped at the store. Not what was promised. A taxi tour of Belfast could have easily been arranged on our own. The shipped charged $169 per person for a 3-4 hour tour and then put four people in the taxi. Riding backwards on a tour (for two people) is not something that one would expect from a luxury cruise line. This is gouging - $676 for a taxi tour - unbelievable. I know the economy is not doing that well in Ireland but come on Silverseas, it this your idea of luxury? Dublin Heritage Tour was better only because we had an excpetional young lady as a guide - very personable, informative and entertaining. A tour of Waterford and the crystal factory was awful - like sheep herded through a town. Most of the guests on this tour were elderly and using chairs and sticks. The guide kept saying that there were three cruise ships in town and our ship was late. She pretty much left us behind. A Silversea's staff person was with us and even she was dumfounded. The tour consisted of a very brisk walk through town, a pub visit and tour of the factory and then walk back to the bus through the guide's perferred tourist trap shop, a very poor reflection on Silverseas in my opinion. I know that a number of guests mentioned their dissatisfaction with the "tour". The speaker on the cruise, Peter Crimes was informative but after 20 minutes, it was like listening to finger nails on a chalkboard. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We're experienced cruisers on the higher end (Crystal, Seabourn, SilverSeas) lines, this was our first trip on a mega-ship. It was the middle leg of a three ship trip including Crystal Symphony New York to Reykjavik, this ship ... Read More
We're experienced cruisers on the higher end (Crystal, Seabourn, SilverSeas) lines, this was our first trip on a mega-ship. It was the middle leg of a three ship trip including Crystal Symphony New York to Reykjavik, this ship Reykjavik to Southampton, and Cunard Queen Mary 2 Southampton back to New York. We knew it would be unfair to go directly from Crystal Symphony to this ship, and we prepped ourselves by having no expectations here, but we couldn't help but compare. Starting out with no expectations, we were not disappointed. Everything was generally adequate. Dining room had good food, but not great. Windjammer buffet food was barely adequate, often the wrong temperature and sometimes stale. Some of the entertainment was good, none was great. The movie "theater" is horrendous. Ice show was good, but not worth what must be a huge overhead for the ship. The ship itself is beautiful, but crowded. Front desk helpful and friendly, but always a line. Cabin steward and most waiters were very good and friendly. HATE being nickel and dimed all the time. Bottom line: We'll take her again if the only alternative to getting there is a long airplane flight. Ports: She stopped in Akureyi Iceland, and in Trondheim, Aalesund, Molde, Olden and Stavanger Norway. All small towns surrounded by beautiful scenery. We generally don't like long bus rides with 56 of our closest friends, so we didn't take any ship sponsored shore excursions. For less money and a LOT more freedom we rented a car, and had a ball. Got to spend as much time at waterfalls, glaciers, beaches, etc as we wanted. Daily rental including 100km and fuel ran about $100usd in each port, less than a ShoreEx for two people, and we recommend it. A note on embarkation. This cruise started in Southampton, with Reykjavik being it's first stop. We downline boarded in Reykjavik, so our experience was definitely non-standard. While we were appreciative that RCI allowed us to do that, their response when we did board was uncoordinated, slow, unhelpful amd unfriendly. How that compares with their normal boarding process we can not say, and thus our rating for that category may be unfair. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013

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