dkaplan

dkaplan
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July 2016 - 21 Night Vikings & Czars (Reykjavik To London) Cruise on Insignia

Will Be Remembered as One of our Favorites

Our recent Nordic cruise on Oceania's Insignia will be remembered as one of our favorite cruises among the many that we have taken.  The itinerary was a perfect introduction to this part of the world -- taking us to places we hadn't been before.  It was a nice blend of ports that featured stunning natural wonders (geysers, waterfalls, mountains and fjords) as well as cosmopolitan cities and historic neighborhoods worth exploring on foot.  We enjoyed a variety of experiences on the ship's shore excursions and on our own.  The ship won our hearts with its tasteful and refined decor, outstanding cuisine, and excellent service.  We found it to be the perfect size for us:  not too big and not too small.  We appreciated its quiet, relaxing atmosphere, smoke-free venues, and the fact that there were very few children on board.  I overheard one passenger complaining about the lack of activities onboard, but we rejoiced that there was no rock-climbing wall, no non-stop disco, bingo, karaoke, art auctions, and all the other noise and nonsense of big cruise ships.  We cruise for the sheer pleasure of cruising and to visit interesting ports of call.  We don't need a floating amusement park.  We look forward to sailing on Oceania's Insignia again someday.

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Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany - So glad that we did not go to Berlin. Instead of spending most of the day on a bus, we walked around this delightful seaside resort instead.
Copenhagen, Denmark - We took the shore excursion that combined a Canal Boat tour with a visit to Tivoli Gardens. They took us to Tivoli Gardens first and we only had an hour (not enough time). Canal boat tour was disappointing -- could not see as much as you would on a walking tour of the city.
Stockholm, Sweden - The cruise ended here. Instead of going directly to the airport, we took a hotel overnight so that we could spend a day exploring this lovely city.
Oslo, Norway - Lots to do in Oslo. Too bad we didn't have an overnight here. We'll have to come back.
Reykjavik, Iceland - We arrived a day early and booked a private excursion to tour the Golden Circle.
Insignia Insignia - If you're an early riser, coffee is available in the Horizons Lounge. Don't miss afternoon tea in Horizons -- but get there early for the best seats! On days at sea, take breakfast in the dining room -- it's more relaxing than the buffet in the Terrace Cafe.

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