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25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Having been on the Ventura we said we would never go with P & O again. However, with a chance of the Golden Triangle thrown in, we decided to give it another go. What a great trip. The Arcadia does lack the wow factor and could do ... Read More
Having been on the Ventura we said we would never go with P & O again. However, with a chance of the Golden Triangle thrown in, we decided to give it another go. What a great trip. The Arcadia does lack the wow factor and could do with some sparkle , renewal of sanitary ware, a lick of paint. The theatre has too many pillars spoiling the view of the stage. On the plus side, the bed was comfortable, the water constantly hot, the cabin clean, tea and coffee. The food was very good, the staff friendly, helpful, smiling and very hard working. Margaret Gilmore, Brian Conley, Shaun Wallace, Maurice Grumbleweed, singers, dancers etc, very good. We only took one trip and did the rest ourselves. The port talks covered self guiding. Went for set dining and had a fabulous table with excellent waiters. They were helpful and coped with us swapping seats and joking with them. Our steward,Bosco, always smiling. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
This was the first time we had travelled with P&O although we have done numerous cruises with Cunard, Royal Caribbean et cetera. We had of course read reviews before boarding and noted that there had been a number of previous negative ... Read More
This was the first time we had travelled with P&O although we have done numerous cruises with Cunard, Royal Caribbean et cetera. We had of course read reviews before boarding and noted that there had been a number of previous negative remarks, some of them quite caustic. We were initially surprised at quite how overwhelmingly British are P&O ships. Prices are in sterling and generally lower than on ships with dollar pricing. There is also a refreshing absence of having to pay a 15% tip for every drink. Food has the emphasis on “British traditional”, with plentiful supplies of sausage, black pudding and several varieties of tea. On one occasion the “dish of the day” was cottage pie although more exotic dishes were also available. As we left one port ‘Jerusalem’ was belted out lustily by the passengers from the deck to the puzzlement of the locals. The passengers were also mainly British and, as befits a lengthy world cruise for those with time to spare, elderly. There had been reports of passengers being ill, but of course the same bunch of folk at home would have had illness problems as well. The ‘Arcadia’ cough episode seemed to be over. The crew were uniformly attentive, friendly, and cheerful. As is our practice, we quickly found out the names of the important people (cabin steward, table waiters, bar waiter et cetera) and established cordial relations. We felt that the standard and variety of the food in the main restaurant was slightly below that of other lines, although we heard extremely satisfied comments from fellow diners concerning the speciality restaurants. In the self-service ‘Belvedere’ breakfast was top class, lunch and dinner rather limited in choice. Puds were great and there was always a selection of cheese including Stilton (try getting that on a US ship). We never went hungry. We found the ship bright and airy with pale colours everywhere contributing to the atmosphere. There were minor problems in our cabin including the air conditioning although these were fixed promptly. There were some scuffs and scratches which indicated that a “wash and brush up” would be a good idea quite soon; we think this may be occurring in the autumn. Bars presented Brit-flavoured entertainment (pub torch singers, karaoke and so on) of a professional standard. We only attended one show – a Queen tribute – which had us (and everyone else) singing along. Our favourite bar was the Crow’s Nest – high up with superb views and entertainment that leaned towards classical. We agreed we really didn’t ‘get’ a lot of the critical comments. Okay if you’re poorly you are not going to have great time (although we didn’t need them ourselves we heard good reports of the medical service). I have yet to meet a rude crew member on any cruise line. So I’m sorry if people didn’y have a good time – we did. We will ‘do’ P&O again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
The Arcadia is a decent enough ship although it is by now (2012) probably in need of a refurbishment. Boarding in Dubai was a reasonably efficient affair, a little slow, but i have experienced much worse. If you are looking for a ship ... Read More
The Arcadia is a decent enough ship although it is by now (2012) probably in need of a refurbishment. Boarding in Dubai was a reasonably efficient affair, a little slow, but i have experienced much worse. If you are looking for a ship that is internally stunning to the eye then you may be disappointed. there is no WOW factor, but it is clean and well maintained. The ports of call made this a worthwhile journey especially if like me you have not been to India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, China, etc. Do your own research before departure. The pre-arrival port information talks were probably the most informative i have experienced on any cruise ship, with no real hard sell on excursions. Drinks are not badly priced in comparison to some US based ships and being able to buy Duty Free spirits for consuming on board was a plus, but remember to stock up on mixers like tonic water in Dubai etc. There also appeared to be no restriction on buying wine or beer ashore and bringing it on board, this was a cruising first for me. As this was part of a world cruise the age profile was high and i would estimate the average age to have been around mid 70's + . Entertainment was really quite diverse with different artists joining for different segments. Some were great some were dire. All down to personal taste. The greatest disappointment was probably the food which i can only describe as bland, mundane, predictable and lacking finesse. Most passengers opted for 1st sitting, which had a long waitlist, an age thing i suppose. We were fortunate to have a table for two on 2nd sitting. 42 nights of 'bon homie' was not for me, each to their own i suppose. The ship was at times like the Marie Celeste in the late evening. The crew by which i mean the waiters and cabin stewards are predominantly Indian and are an absolute joy. Given the age profile of fellow passengers they are for all intents and purposes 'carers'. They are very patient considering they are young 18 to 20 somethings. The laundry facilities are totally insufficient for a cruise of this duration and i heard some dreadful stories regarding the behaviour of some passengers using the launderette, It was by all accounts a source of much discontent amongst many passengers. Considering the age profile of passeners, i found the stories of crass behaviour quite bizarre. Especially when we can be over critical of young people's behaviour!. All in all this was a pleasant voyage, nothing exceptional, although nothing dramatically wrong either. It was a pleasant way to get to Australia. If you are looking for something really special or celebrating a big occasion. then you should really do your homework and think hard before booking. Arcadia could be compared to a pleasant 3* plus country hotel, nice and pleasant but nothing really memorable. The majority of passengers were British with quite a sprinkling of Dutch as well. The Dutch were all very pleasant and easy to chat with. Most whom i spoke to appeared to like sailing with the British.? At Singapore and Hong Kong we were joined by lots of Australians, great fun. There was never any great problem finding loungers for sun worship as the Australians did not lay in it and the Brits and Dutch were of course frying daily. I met lots of nice people who had very interesting backgrounds and occupations. Some were on their second and third world cruise aboard Arcadia, so there must something right about the ship. For me, enjoyable, but not again. Enjoy. Finally, many passengers did pick up a quite serious cough, with some later developing chest infections as a result. Thankfully, for us it cleared up within about 5 days. In comparison to ships on the US circuit where the use of antiseptic hand-gel dispensers is compulsory. added to the visible 24/7 cleaning of surfaces like lift doors / controls and handrails. The Arcadia was very lax in comparison. Read Less
Arcadia Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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