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9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
First experience of cruising for more than 17 nights. This cruise was. 44 nights with 4 night stay in Sydney. The cruise was great. A few days of rough weather over bay of biscay (as expected). Sea sickness tablets worked a treat, ... Read More
First experience of cruising for more than 17 nights. This cruise was. 44 nights with 4 night stay in Sydney. The cruise was great. A few days of rough weather over bay of biscay (as expected). Sea sickness tablets worked a treat, There were two ports we had to abort because of bad weather: bay of islands and Tonga. This is something you have to expect when cruising which us beyond the control of the captain. Headliner shows always excellent and always generates a full house. Some of the other not always great. Lots of activities during the day to keep you busy during sea days. Spa very expensive. Gym facilities great and free. Food a little disappointing but plenty of it - you won't go hungry! We went on most excursions but a lot of the time you can do your own thing a lot cheaper. Highlights were: Alcatraze, Panama Canal, Pearl Harbour. We enjoyed all the ports on this cruise. Absolutely fab. Best ports San Francisco, Auckland and Sydney. Left luggage - a case on ship which we will collect in April when Arcadia returns to Southampton. We were concerned about the long haul flight for our return journey which turned out great. We flew with Singapore Airlines from Sydney to Singapore and then Singapore to Heathrow. Time just flew. Great current movies on flight, constant drinks and food/meals coming round. Would definitely fly again with them the same journey. 10 out of 10 flight. I think this length of cruise was enough for us but alot of other cruisers were staying on for the full 99 nights. If you are considering this cruise next year I would say go for it. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
We did our first p&o cruise in July to the baltics, cruised lots of times and been to baltics before, had heard good and bad re arcadia but went with open mind. Embarkation was quick and efficient, but it was almost 3pm when we got ... Read More
We did our first p&o cruise in July to the baltics, cruised lots of times and been to baltics before, had heard good and bad re arcadia but went with open mind. Embarkation was quick and efficient, but it was almost 3pm when we got there having travelled by coach with intercruise. Cabin was ready. We had balcony cabin, it was clean and spacious, we had chosen cabin number so no surprises. Welcomed by cabin steward. He quickly brought extra hangers I asked for and ice every day as we requested. Nice touch was atlas and binoculars in cabin. Bed was very comfortable. The ship itself is well laid out and very clean with some very nice features. We were on freedom dining as we had requested and as we like to dine alone we asked for table for 2 each evening and got it, sometimes we had to wait a little and were given a pager. Which was good system.Food on the whole was good and waiters on whole good, apart from our first night which was poor we waited a very long time between courses and seemed to be in therefor an age. On the second night the waiter was fabulous very good and attentive to detail he was very pleasant and friendly. We only managed to get his table once more on the cruise which was a shame. As I say service was a little hit and miss, one day my husband had order fish, he was served his meal but there was no fish on it, this was after there being no cutlery on the table, and then not being served coffee. So we experience both sides. But on the whole happy with everything. Buffet restaurant is were we ate breakfast and a couple of lunches until we discovered the pool grill, this was excellent the chef in there was superb, he served up lovely meals with care and always a smile. Highly recommend and big thank you to him. We never used room service so can't comment. We didn't use speciality restaurants either. We were really looking forward to the entertainment on po but have to say we were disappointed. The guest artists were very good and we enjoyed, but headliners were underused and offered little in the shows all very samish. Our biggest surprise was the amount of quizzes that went on morning, noon afternoon, pre dinner after dinner, even the groups mentioned the amount of quizzes. We did like to listen to groups, especially inspiration. There was a Fab evening out on deck on 2nd August with perfect weather, best nights entertInment of cruise. On other ships we have been on there has always been live music on deck during day, especially on sailaways but not on this ship. The DJ was waste he used to out same tape on and disappear. The ports of call were all good, although we had done them before, we managed to see different things, we had never been to Skagen before, what a lovely place it was. We booked two trips in STP first was great well organised and fantastic guide. The second one was chaotic. Guides falling out with each other, little organisation, but made us smile as was so unprofessional. The captain was a lovely man, informative, friendly and interesting. We had absolutely beautiful weather the whole cruise and enjoyed having the balcony. Disembarkation was quick and efficient. Well done PO. The return coach journey was dreadful. Intercruise let us down, there had been extra van for the luggage going down so logic would dictate that one would be needed for return home but they didn't send one, we sat on coach from 8.45 till 9.45 felt sorry for driver as he could not get luggage in. He had been told to put on another coach and a van would meet up with him. We made a stop for lunch for 50 mins driver told us we would stop again until birch wood. Then he pulled in at keele he Apoligised and said he had been told he had to wait there for 20mins we were there nearly hour, we were due back at 4pm. Absolutely no chance we got of the coach a stop before our pick up stop as we had had enough by that time it was 5pm been on coach all day. I have written to coach company they haven't had decency to reply. We had a lovely holiday felt relaxed and refreshed until the journey home which was a pity. We would cruise with P&O again, oh and by the way, it certainly is not a care home. Mixed ages from 18 to 90. Read Less
Arcadia Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 3.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.4
Enrichment 3.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.4
Rates 4.0 3.7

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