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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2011
Having sailed on Arcadia a couple of times before I don't know why I decided to read any reviews of the ship but having done so I was a little worried of what to expect. Well after 24 nights on board my wife and I where impressed ... Read More
Having sailed on Arcadia a couple of times before I don't know why I decided to read any reviews of the ship but having done so I was a little worried of what to expect. Well after 24 nights on board my wife and I where impressed with most things.The entertainment was 1 st. class the staff and crew very professional and accommodating the food I have to say was only average [but not all bad].The shore excursions seemed well organised and not has expensive as some of the other lines we have sailed with.The price of the wine and drinks was certainly cheaper than the American Cruise lines with no added service charges. The ship is not as sparkling bright and crisp as some of the newer liners but it does have a nice feel and it is due for a refit early next year. We would both sail on her again and had a wonderful holiday. The ports of call where all on the north east of America and Canada and were some of the nicest we have been to in the world.I would recommend the New York up to Newfoundland cruise to anyone. Hope you found this review useful. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
We have cruised on Arcadia several times but could not help noticing how some standards on the ship have declined on the last cruise. This did not alter the fact that overall we enjoyed the experience. Our first moan was that we had to ... Read More
We have cruised on Arcadia several times but could not help noticing how some standards on the ship have declined on the last cruise. This did not alter the fact that overall we enjoyed the experience. Our first moan was that we had to wait for at least 20 minutes in the car before we could unload the luggage. It appeared that this was due to there not being enough drivers to park the car. Our last cruise was on Celebrity Eclipse in May and the unloading/parking method used then would eliminate this wait. We drove up to the unloading point, our luggage was removed, we parked the car and walked back to the ship, making a note of where we parked the car. This made it a lot easier when we arrived back as we did not have to search for the car. The reception was very good. As we are Portunus Gold Members we more or less booked straight in, straight through security and were directed to the Orchid Restaurant where we had champagne and light bites before going to our cabin -â€" a deluxe balcony cabin which we have had before. The carpet was not clean, although the rest of the cabin was fine. This time there were no slippers or bath robes as had been advertised in the brochure, only a small gerbera in a silver vase which lasted less than a week and a few boiled sweets. Storage space is adequate but would be a tight squeeze for a World Cruise. We made extra space by removing the wooden hangers provided, storing them in a suitcase under the bed, and used our own plastic hangers. The TV was tiny (14 inch) and very difficult to read even from a short distance. A good supply of tea, coffee and biscuits was available. The bathroom was adequate - a fair amount of storage space but the shower is over the bath with a horrible curtain which inevitably sticks to you. My DIY husband remedied this by fixing a rope across. Would it be too much to have a fixed screen, I ask? The balcony was roomy, plenty of space for two loungers and two small tables. We did not meet our cabin steward till the evening of our first full day when we mentioned the carpet. Her reply was that she did not have a vacuum cleaner! Well on top of that and our first lunch in the Belvedere (see below) I made a complaint at reception. All the points I mentioned were attended to : the restaurant manager phoned me as did the accommodation supervisor and there were no more queues at lunch time and our steward got her vacuum cleaner but not without a reprimand for telling us too much! Our dinner was in the lower Meridian restaurant but the standard of service, which was very slow, and the variety of food choice were of a lower standard than on previous cruises. The wine service was the worst we have ever had -â€" the white wine was served warm every time we had it, in spite of us asking the wine waiter to make sure it was cold and the red wine seemed as though it had come out of the oven! Because of the slow service the only time we had a full dinner was on the nights when we decided not to go to the theatre and we could enjoy the coffee and petit fours. We had a most enjoyable dinner in the Orchid Restaurant -â€" excellent service, including the wine, and excellent food but that comes with a cover charge. Other nights we had dinner in the Belvedere (buffet style) which had much improved since our last cruise on Arcadia with places being set at the tables with glasses and cutlery, and water was served by a waiter. The wine service was good and the wine was served at the correct temperature. Tea and coffee were also served at the table. We had lunch once in the Belvedere as the experience on our first day was not enjoyable. I had to queue for 10 minutes to get salad as only one side of the buffet was open. I fancied some chips with my salad but I took one look at the queue where the hot food was served and did not want another 10 minute wait. I went back to our table where my husband was waiting. He got me some chips as the other side of the buffet had opened but they were stone cold and soggy as they were any other time we tried them. When we went to make our tea there were no teaspoons and no milk!! Instead of lunch from then on we had afternoon tea which was a more enjoyable experience with a fair range of choice. I was also disappointed to see that as there was no check on the entrance to the Belvedere to ensure that everyone used the hand sanitising gel. Very few people did in fact use it. Could this have been the reason that so many passengers had colds? The theatre is lovely, better than some West End ones, but to be sure of getting a good seat it looks as though you have to leave dinner early which is a shame as dinner should be a sociable occasion. In Celebrity Eclipse dinner was 15 minutes earlier and the theatre started, I think, at 9pm which we found to be more relaxing. Like a lot of others who have sailed on Arcadia a few times we were getting bored with the resident group "The Headliners", same old performances, good dancing but awful singing. The guest artists were, with one or two exceptions, very good. We thoroughly enjoyed the classical concerts but the piano was at right angles to the audience with the result you could not see the pianist's hands. In fact the pianist was in silhouette most of the time! We spoke to the pianist and she too was unhappy with the position of the piano. When I asked her if she had mentioned it to the Cruise Director she said she had not met her! Surely, the Cruise Director, Tracy Clegg, should have met all the Artists? Her deputy, Magic Martin, did not help matters any, when, one night as he was introducing the pianist said, "Welcome to the Globe Theatre" when in fact we were in the Crow's Nest and to make matters worse he did not call for an encore which is standard practice. I think these two would be better suited to organising Bingo! The Ports were on the whole very good. We organised all our own excursions but I would only recommend doing that if you were accustomed to cruising and had done a fair bit of research beforehand. It rained on our first day in New York (the only port where we had rain) but we still enjoyed our stay there. We walked to Central Park on our second day and had a great time but as we were too exhausted to walk back hailed a yellow taxi with little effort and the fare was only about $7. Bar Harbor was the port we enjoyed most -â€" absolutely picturesque. It is a "must see"! As the fog was very thick in St. John, New Brunswick, we stayed on board and were later told there was not much to see. We had a tremendous start to our stay in St John's (Newfoundland & Labrador) where we had the best welcome party yet - two girls and two men in ancient military uniforms, two mounted police on lovely black horses and to top it all one gi-normous Newfoundland dog and a black Labrador. Not much to see there but enjoyed the walk. The send-off we received was also worthy of mention -â€" soldiers in ancient military dress were high up on Signal Hill where they fired their muskets as we sailed away with the sun still shining. This coincided with our early dinner time which we decided to forego and dined in the Belvedere. The food, Indian buffet, was good but as usual was lukewarm. We paid for 14 days at the thermal spa which we always enjoy and it is the only draw which would make us return to Arcadia unless there is a complete makeover. There are plenty of other ships which are much better managed. After the long walks we had on shore days it was so relaxing to have a soak in the hydro-therapy pool and then lie on the thermal beds looking out to the sea, allowing our tired muscles to recover at leisure. The public rooms and bars were all satisfactory but I do wish that there was more space for those who want simply to read without being bombarded with canned music or other noise. We spent a fair amount of our morning time in the Spinnaker Bar mainly because it now serves Costa coffee with some of the muffins seen in UK. One rather weird event which happened during our stay in New York - we noticed that the muffins were not on show as usual and when we asked the waiter why he replied that the American port authorities considered the selling of the muffins as unhygienic! Why should they have any control over what we eat on board? We and the waiter thought that the selling of food on the New York streets was more in need of criticism! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2011
Embarkation. We boarded at The Ocean Terminal for the first time and found it to be excellent. The process of handing over the car the luggage and proceeding through check in and onto the ship was pretty well seamless. Arrived at terminal ... Read More
Embarkation. We boarded at The Ocean Terminal for the first time and found it to be excellent. The process of handing over the car the luggage and proceeding through check in and onto the ship was pretty well seamless. Arrived at terminal at about 11.15am and were on board by just after 12.30pm. I would have rated the process 5 but for the fact that there were about 400 Portunis Gold Club members, who, quite rightly had priority but given the numbers it took quite a while to process them. Service. We found to be excellent throughout the cruise and we were very well looked after by all the staff but particularly by our waiters Sebastian and Ajay on table 116 in the Meridian Lower Tier and by Loretta the chief bar keeper in the wonderful Rising Sun Pub. As mentioned in the cabin section our steward was first class. Food. On the whole was very good, as ever on P&O well presented and served. One or two issues with the Belvedere self service restaurant, probably the worst self serve out of Arcadia, Ventura and Oriana. In saying that my comments relate to breakfast and lunch, dining in the evening was good. The curry nights particularly were of a high standard. The two speciality restaurants are fabulous and well worth the cover charge, I am just sorry Gary Rhodes franchise is coming to an end. However, I am sure Marco Pierre White will do a fine job. Really we would love to see freedom dining across the fleet, I don't think you can get away from the fact that first sitting is too early and second is too late. Sitting at the same table with the same people at the same time is really quite low on our cruise wish list.Ports and excursions. The itinerary was superb and all the ports had something good to offer. New York was an undoubted highlight but they were all good. The excursions were varied interesting and reasonably priced. Particularly good was the JFK museum and library in Boston, the trip to Kennebunkport from Portland Maine,and, the Titanic experience in Halifax Nova Scotia. Entertainment. Absolutely the best on any cruise we have been on. The Cruise Director Tracy Clegg and her team (and a team is just what they were) gave their all. I have never known an entertainments team work so hard and so well. From Arcadia's version of Strictly Come Dancing to Quizzes and the ships own version of loose women called 'Loose lips' it was all fantastic. Our wonderful dance instructors Alan and Ginny Newman were lovely people, so kind and patient and they made learning to dance such fun. On the formal side Sam Kane, Brian Conley and the wonderful voice of Eve Sherratt were exactly what they are stars. I did hear a not of complaining the morning after one show, a comedian, and, I have seen something in a review on this site. However, cannot comment as were attended the dancing that evening. We both found the lecture programme varied and interesting, in fact some topics I would have not expected to be interesting turned out to be very good. Summary. Absolutely fantastic we loved it and will certainly never forget the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
We flew from Gatwick (Thompson charter) to join Arcadia at Barbados, sailed to Aruba, then through the Panama Canal, then Costa Rica, then Huatulco and Acapulco in Mexico, then finally to San Francisco, from where we flew back to Heathrow ... Read More
We flew from Gatwick (Thompson charter) to join Arcadia at Barbados, sailed to Aruba, then through the Panama Canal, then Costa Rica, then Huatulco and Acapulco in Mexico, then finally to San Francisco, from where we flew back to Heathrow (but via Munich on Lufthansa scheduled).These bizarre flight arrangements were not explained to us when we paid for our holiday - we only knew when the tickets arrived. If I had known of these Gatwick-out, Heathrow-in-via-Munich arrangements, I would not have booked. This is principally a criticism of the travel agency but is also indicative of P&O's indifferent attitude to customers' comforts off-ship.Our outbound flight was two hours late, which meant we hardly saw Barbados. More importantly, two other Thompson charter flights from Gatwick were 14 hours late, so the ship sailed from Barbados very late, and lead to a shortened visit to Aruba. After that, the ship went back on schedule.Arcadia is a good ship, and we were pleased with our balcony stateroom. it was a bit smaller than MSC, but was comfortable, and we had a supremely comfortable bed. The cabin steward (Lloyd) was superb, and helped us with minor problems like electrical adapters with no fuss.The ship is large but seemed to have an endless number of public rooms, so it never felt full (it was fully occupied). The facilities on board were excellent, and there was a very wide range of activities freely available throughout the trip to help pass the time - on this cruise we had at least 6 days at sea so it was important to have something to do other than read or sunbathe! Our main disappointment with this cruise was the choice and quality of the food, both in the self-service area, and in the main silver-service restaurant. We had assumed that P&O was a cut above the likes of Thomsons, but in fact the reverse is true in our view. However I have to say that the selection of wines and cocktails was superb and very, very good value.The entertainment in the main Palladium theatre was again reasonable, with a couple of very good celebrity acts, but their in-house dance troupe wasn't really good at all - again Thomson's were leagues ahead.The few shore excursions we did were superb value for money and well-organised - a real plus for P&O.The overall ship organisation left something to be desired. There were several cases of inconsistent information being given out. The worst fiasco was in San Francisco where having told us to be aware that we were under the Golden Gate Bridge at 0500 (and to be immigration starting at 0645) it took no less than 5 hours to process all the passengers for immigration by 12:00 - contrary to popular rumour, the American immigration staff were very friendly, fast, and armed to the hilt! It was Arcadia who forgot to tell passengers to come down for processing, having previously told everyone NOT to attend at the published times due our late arrival in port (due to headwinds, no one's fault).P&O did redeem themselves a bit in that they took us off ship to the airport at 14:00 (flight not due to 21:00) but treated us to an excellent 3 hour free tour of San Francisco - but why not tell us?! Most people didn't know they had a 3 hour tour, hadn't gone to the loo or eaten - they were just expecting a fast transit to the airport to sit around for 6 hours - as it turned out, we saw all the sights, and got to the airport just in time to check-in - excellent! All-in-all, a superb cruise, the highlight being our transit through the Panama Canal. The cruise director provided a superb commentary throughout.We did also dine in the Gary Rhodes 'franchise' restuarant for a modest extra cover charge of £10 - worth every penny - superb service and food -in fact just like the main restaurant shoud be.Bascally a very good ship and itinerary, let down by the standards of catering and entertainment, which smacks of dumbing dowm/cost cutting by Carnival Corporation. I am afraid I now wouldn't recommend ANY Carnival-owned line to anyone - stick with Olsen, Thompson or MSC. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
Arcadia,embarked Southampton 05 January; 1900 on board, mostly Brits with 400 Aussies going home on the return leg of a World Cruise. No virus on board, unlike the Vic,it stayed that way. The officers and crew took every precaution in a ... Read More
Arcadia,embarked Southampton 05 January; 1900 on board, mostly Brits with 400 Aussies going home on the return leg of a World Cruise. No virus on board, unlike the Vic,it stayed that way. The officers and crew took every precaution in a friendly and persuasive way. Bay of Biscay, into wind Force 11 going to 12, waves 12 metres high. Speed slowed, Due to the weather and possible damage to ship. Captain cancelled first stop Azores, This gave an extra sea day. Onto Barbados, where most passengers just stretched their legs. Then Aruba, crystal blue sea, spent the day on beach with the show's Headliner Dancers Needed to go to the clinic after that! Taxi to beautiful public beach for six people $30 each way. The ship's crew did a big build up on Panama Canal .Loved the experience, in at 0800 hours, out 1700 hours with commentary by Canal Historian. Fair to say no client disappointed. Then Acapulco for the day. Eight Brits took a sight see with a local guide in his people carrier, Saw the Acapulco homes of the famous ( 1940ish stars). Total cost , one third of price for the ship excursions to same places. San Francisco on 24 January and back to Heathrow, upgraded on BA. Belvedere Buffet food okay, but Trevor the Chief Executive Chef, had it laid out like school dinners with hot Brit pudding available every day even in 32C! Always dour, not many smiles in the Chefs Meridian parade. The Meridian restuarant staff were patient, kind and considerate. Headliners Show's were the best we have seen on 12 cruises. Four quizzes every day, plus " The Battle of the Sexes", men versus women at lunch time on sea days. Ladies built a tremendous lead due football being shown at same time. However, the men recovered to win by 203 to 202. This was because the final quiz had questions put forward by the Ladies to the Men and vice versa. Try being aware of the Chief Security Officer's surname and name the food and beverage computer program. Answer Crunch Time. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
Arcadia: Canaries, Nov 2010. 10.45pm, no buses were coming into the village and taxis could only manage to the foot of the hill two miles distant from the house. The snow was lying in mounds on both sides of the road and only a few ... Read More
Arcadia: Canaries, Nov 2010. 10.45pm, no buses were coming into the village and taxis could only manage to the foot of the hill two miles distant from the house. The snow was lying in mounds on both sides of the road and only a few foolhardy souls, in possession of four wheel drive vehicles were venturing out onto the roads. There was no option open to us other than to phone a friend with a four by four and petition him into taking us into Glasgow, where we would transfer to our pre booked coach to Southampton. In Glasgow the temperature was -15 and the bus station had run out of all coffee and tea making facilities as on the previous night the station had had to provide overnight accommodation to a hundred or more stranded souls, as the city's transport system ground to a halt as a result of the worst snowfall in memory. The coach however departed on schedule, but without any tea or coffee making facilities or toilets, as a result of frozen pipes. The driver however did make reasonable time in spite of the weather and did provide us with regular refreshment stops. Around 2pm we reached Southampton and our first experience of P&O began. Transition from dockside check in to ship was smooth and efficient , as the staff processed some 2000 passengers ( other organisations could learn much by studying the methods employed by cruise companies in efficiently processing large volumes of people) The ship was spic and span without much of the glitz and sparkle of rivals, presenting a quintessentially British air about it with dark polished wood and grained leather. It was elegant and dare I say traditional in outlook: I liked it and over the next two weeks she would continue to grow in my affection. My cabin was beautifully turned out, with ample storage space a large double bed, coloured TV ,fridge, settee and an adequate balcony. Needless to say the balcony provided an abundance of fresh air at night ,a welcome location for an unhurried breakfast and a most welcome haven at the end of a hectic day ashore for the imbibing of several gin and tonics as the ship slipped its moorings in the early evening. This was particularly so on leaving behind the beautiful island of Madeira with its incredible Christmas panorama of coloured twinkling lights. I do not intend to say much about the ports ,having visited the Canaries many times previously and I'm sure they have been more than adequately covered by other cruisers. Suffice to say that the highlights of this particular cruise for me were both Madeira and Santiago De Compostella, surely one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. (nr port of Vigo) My first impressions of P&O are generally favourable when compared to my previous experience of solely American themed ships. Here's what I think. Drinks and Wine list. The wine list was more varied in the range of countries represented and the prices were fair. There was even an excellent house red provided at a nominal £10. My last outing, on Celebrity, saw an average price of $28 from mostly a selection of US produce. Drinks likewise were reasonably priced , in some cases cheaper than at home, and nothing was added. ( on US ships a percentage mark up is added to every drink). Duty free could be had at any time and taken immediately to your room for private consumption.( expressly forbidden on US ships). Cocktails were widely available and again reasonably priced with a new cocktail being selected each day as " cocktail of the day" and available at around £3 ( half the price of US ships) Transfers. This has been my first and only cruise were I have not had to pay a transfer to reach the main city or town from portside. Last year I regularly paid $10. Again, a big plus for P&O. Entertainment. The major productions were on a par with other big cruise lines but again more inclined towards a British audience. The small cinema on board provided modern films to British taste (eg Young Victoria) and repeated them on a regular basis. The TV again provided a good range of programmes and modern films with both British and Continental appeal. The library maintained a good selection of material more inclined towards a British clientele .( British biographies etc) Quizzes ,which were a regular and well attended feature were aimed again at a British audience, with a more eclectic intellect..( US ships ask mainly about US topics with little international input). The art gallery on board provided a good range of art work both for perusal and sale , although I did miss the "art auctions", regular features on US ships. More could be done on the "lecture" opportunities available .I could have given better presentations on both Vettriano and Perez. Lectures& Talks . These daily features were most relevant to a British audience and were both entertaining and informative, featuring a journalist, professor of history and political science and a Concorde engineer. On one occasion the captain was interviewed by the cruise director and regaled the audience with some exciting and funny stories from earlier in his career at sea. On another day the Headliners theatre cast presented themselves on stage and again opened themselves up to questions from the cruise director. I enjoyed all of these events.. In the evenings there was a variety of entertainment provided both in the theatre and around the many bars and smaller venues on board. This could range from a jazz band in traditional pub setting, or dance band in the ballroom, to the full theatre extravaganza, or quiet intimate surroundings of the crow's nest for a classical piano recital. There was always something to entertain. Formal evenings. There were more formal evenings on P&O than on other lines so far experienced. Likewise with the semi-formal evenings ,sometimes indistinguishable from the more formal evenings. If you like dressing up, then P&O is for you. I must admit the formal evenings herald a touch of class to the cruise and I like them. (mitigates against having too many "bears") I must say however that since Arcadia is an adults only ship ,perhaps there's not so much of a sense of occasion on the more family friendly ships? Dining. The formal dining room was two tiered and offered two sittings,. one at 6.30 and the other at 8.30. I had mixed reactions about the food and service. I just felt that something was lacking. One day I would be disappointed in the food or service and on another day I would rave about it. There just didn't appear to be consistency from the kitchens! I have no real gripes to make about the food other than to say that I have had better on other cruise lines. Having said that however ,other cruisers thought that the food was exceptional and that I was just being awkward. One person I spoke to said that the food on Arcadia was better than the QE2. I just suppose that you can't please all the people all the time! I didn't get the opportunity to visit the Gary Rhodes restaurant but I did hear good reports. I did on the other hand visit the Orchid restaurant ( Asian cuisine at £10 pp supplement) which was exceptional. Here the food and service excelled my expectations and perhaps was a reflection on the levels I had expected from the formal dining room. On the night that I visited, the captain and his senior staff were seated adjacent to my table. This spoke volumes. I highly recommend a visit to the Orchid. The self service restaurant on the 9th floor of the ship never disappointed. There was always a great range of hot and cold dishes to be had (24/7) ,served in the most pleasant surroundings (except at breakfast time when it was crowded). In the evenings the tables here were draped in white linen tablecloths and place settings already set out. This was the place to go if you didn't fancy the formal events. Room Service. I used this on several occasions and was never disappointed. The room service manual offered all sorts of things from drinks to meals and snacks and duty free. Late afternoon sandwiches were most welcome as was the odd breakfast. Every day I was the beneficiary of freshly sliced lemon and lime , courtesy of room service, for my pre prandial G&T. Overall my first experience of P&O was most enjoyable and a precursor of more to come. This cruise had much to commend it, from its child free environment with its quintessentially British outlook through its wide entertainment and friendly and efficient staff. I will definitely travel with P&O again. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Having read many reviews of this ship, we came on to it with an open mind. Child free..yes..but the downside is the adult age profile is much higher than anticipated. But older people feel very safe on this ship. Food not so brilliant. My ... Read More
Having read many reviews of this ship, we came on to it with an open mind. Child free..yes..but the downside is the adult age profile is much higher than anticipated. But older people feel very safe on this ship. Food not so brilliant. My wife is a non-meat eater and likes pasta dishes. But they were few and far between. The Meridian kitchens seem too far from the tables, and the food was never really hot by the time it had arrived, and been served to all on our table. The evening entertainment was good, but not up to standards of Royal Caribbean or Princess Cruises. Became very "samey" after a few nights, with in-house Headliners trying their beat to perform different styles of music & dance from different eras, but not quite achieving. Port & shore excursions were very well organised with good content. Our cabin (outside with restricted view) was excellent, and was the service from our cabin attendant. The Arcadia decor needs livening up. Very staid, dark, with majority being a dark wood look (mahogany??). Needs a brighter image, but again probably suits age profile. The big advantage of Arcadia was the price of drinks !!! Sometimes lower than pubs and bars in UK cities, and the bar service was always first class. Plenty of sun loungers and seats in quiet areas, and plenty of alternative activities on board on sea days. The big negative, though, was the size of the viewing theater for films, especially on sea days. Only 30 seats, and many passengers could not see the films, although they were shown over half dozen times per day. Needed to be in the large Palladium Theater a couple of times per day. At least over 500 could then watch in one go !! So generally, if you want a bright, vibrant ship, Arcadia is not for you. If you want total peace and quiet, and your age profile is suited to a really slow pace, then OK. Embarkation and disembarkation first class !! But I feel we will always go to Royal Caribbean and Princess first, unless somebody can tell me that the other P&O ships offer a lot more than Arcadia....and they probably do!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
We joined Arcadia on Sunday 4th July at Southampton, to sail to the Canaries. The embarkation process was very good and we where on board and having lunch by 1pm in the buffet restaurant. Just after 2pm we had access to our cabin. This ... Read More
We joined Arcadia on Sunday 4th July at Southampton, to sail to the Canaries. The embarkation process was very good and we where on board and having lunch by 1pm in the buffet restaurant. Just after 2pm we had access to our cabin. This was internal on Canada(C)deck. The cabin was a good size with plenty of storage. Our cabin stewardess(Merlin)was friendly and kept the cabin clean and tidy and well stocked with tea and coffee. The ship is clean and constantly being maintained (could find maintenance staff with a paint brush at some point of the day - this is not a complaint, it is good that the ship is kept in good order). General decor is also good with the various areas having their own colour scheme. Breakfast / lunch in the Meridian was good if you got there on time, we missed it for breakfast on two occasions to to clock changes. The Belvedere was so so - TIP FIND A SEAT FIRST THEN GET YOUR MEAL. Evening meal at table 29 was very good in the Meridian, the waiters and wine steward were all very attentive. (could not always say the same for the Breakfast & lunch service at other tables, it was a bit hit and miss. Probably because at the end of the cruise, you are tipping your evening table). We tried the Rhodes restaurant, although we had been told it can take 2 hr, when the restaurant is less than half full you do not expect it to take over 2 hrs and still not have your coffee. I felt the meals in the Meridian were tastier if not presented on the plate to the same level. The head waiter was very apologetic and rectified the situation to our satisfaction. We also tried the Orchid Restaurant and bar - both are outstanding for service and food. The age range of passengers was from 18 to 90 many in the fifty plus bracket. Due to the ship not allowing children(a reason we selected Arcadia)there are some areas that were under utilised on this cruise (sports area / Electra disco / Card & Computer rooms)could they be used for other pursuits?. The entertainment staff could also come up with some more time fillers for passengers other that Bingo / Quiz / loose women type talk every day. The weather we had was very unsettled with warm sunny days every second day. On the dull days it was a book or a movie, (TV films are very repetitive) or Bingo etc. We have booked trips in the past but find that you do not always have time to see the local area. So we opted to do our own thing, however some of the ports did not have enough (other than shops) to keep us going all day. This was our sixth cruise, our first with P&O and we would use Arcadia again.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
My wife and I, both 60, chose this cruise mainly because it sailed from Southampton and because it went to Madeira and the Canaries. We are fed up with flying out to meet cruise ships and the ridiculous airline baggage allowances. We can ... Read More
My wife and I, both 60, chose this cruise mainly because it sailed from Southampton and because it went to Madeira and the Canaries. We are fed up with flying out to meet cruise ships and the ridiculous airline baggage allowances. We can get more luggage allowance going to our holiday villa in Florida than we can on a fly/cruise package where formal wear is required in addition to everyday holiday wear. This was our first cruise with P&O and I have to say that the embarkation experience was almost pleasurable, fast, efficient and without hassle. We arrived 40 minutes early and were onboard within 30 minutes of arriving. First impressions of the Arcadia were good. It is modern, clean and has a wide variety of eating and drinking venues. We had a rear balcony stateroom on deck C which we chose to be able to relax watching the ship's wake with a G&T in hand. This choice ended being not as rosy as it may seem as, when the ship is making 20 knots or so and the wind was in the right direction, there was a constant spray of water drawn onto the balcony. We also experienced smuts of oil from the funnel. Not too unbearable but worth noting. The balcony furniture is bare hardwood with cushions which were grubby and, as we later found, not waterproof. A shower of rain soaked into the cushions and then soaked our clothing as we sat on them. The stateroom was adequate in size with plenty of storage space and a fair sized bathroom. Our Steward, Joe, kept it immaculate and was always willing to help in any way. As there is quite a narrow gap between the end of the bed and the wall, P&O should consider fitting curved-end mattresses as some other cruise lines do to prevent painful collisions with passenger's legs. Dining was an interesting experience. We had chosen the first sitting at 18:30 and were lucky enough to get a table for 2 in the Meridian (main) restaurant. Our waiters, Clary and Dinesh were wonderful and nothing was too much trouble. My wife is a fussy eater and when she did not fancy a choice from the menu Clary would have something made up especially in the kitchen. Our wine waiter, Brian, was also excellent and would have a glass of my favourite wine on the table within a minute or two of sitting down. He would also show us the next day's menus so that I could decide what wine I fancied. We did not try the Arcadian Rhodes as I personally dislike his style of cooking and we never felt the need to try the Oasis fusion restaurant. All in all, the main restaurant food was good although a little too much emphasis on red meat for my wife's liking. We had breakfast in the Meridian once and found the service to be good but, the opening hours were restricted and did not suit us. Now the negative! The food in the Belvedere (self-service) restaurant was awful! Breakfast was the only reasonable offering but the food was often cold or at best lukewarm and the toast seemed like it had been made in an oven rendering it hard and almost burnt. We did try dinner there once on Italian night and I have to say that their interpretation of Italian food was not a pleasurable experience. Lunches were very boring and things like mashed potato with puddles of cooking oil and cottage pie which I am convinced was made from tinned mince were inedible. We often opted to have a burger or hotdog from the Neptune Pool Grill instead. I don't expect to pay for a "luxury" cruise and be offered things like toad in the hole, pasties and a limited choice of vegetables. I want exciting tasty food which is hot! Bar service was generally very good except on the Aquarius sun deck at the rear of the ship. A wait of 10 minutes for a waiter was not uncommon. We had to complain three times, once about a hair in my breakfast, once about rudeness to my wife by a barman and once about a prawn sandwich in the Belvedere which did not label its sandwiches after 22:00. I am allergic to prawns and was lucky that I noticed before any damage was done. All complaints were responded to with profuse apologies from the relevant managers and one even offered us a free drink at that night's sail-away party. Apart from the above, we enjoyed our cruise although we were unlucky to have a Hoorah Henry and Henrietta in the next stateroom who always slammed their balcony door, constantly dragged their balcony furniture across the balcony and talked at the top of their voices both inside and outside of their stateroom. We learned so much about their personal lives that I could write a book on the subject. The entertainment was very poor! Someone once said that cruise ship entertainers are either "Has-beens" or "Wannabes" and I think they were right. One "top" act was a singer who professed to sing operatic music but, didn't have an operatic voice, tried to sing a Freddie Mercury song and failed and his operatic attempts were embarrassing as he was clearly fighting to reach some notes. He did have a very good voice but needs some advice on what to sing. The onboard entertainments team tried hard but failed to entertain. Disembarkation was even better than embarkation and it took just 10 minutes from being called to disembark to being stood by our car with our suitcases. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
My wife and I, both 60, chose this cruise mainly because it sailed from Southampton and because it went to Madeira and the Canaries. We are fed up with flying out to meet cruise ships and the ridiculous airline baggage allowances. We can ... Read More
My wife and I, both 60, chose this cruise mainly because it sailed from Southampton and because it went to Madeira and the Canaries. We are fed up with flying out to meet cruise ships and the ridiculous airline baggage allowances. We can get more luggage allowance going to our holiday villa in Florida than we can on a fly/cruise package where formal wear is required in addition to everyday holiday wear. This was our first cruise with P&O and I have to say that the embarkation experience was almost pleasurable, fast, efficient and without hassle. We arrived 40 minutes early and were onboard within 30 minutes of arriving. First impressions of the Arcadia were good. It is modern, clean and has a wide variety of eating and drinking venues. We had a rear balcony stateroom on deck C which we chose to be able to relax watching the ship's wake with a G&T in hand. This choice ended being not as rosy as it may seem as, when the ship is making 20 knots or so and the wind was in the right direction, there was a constant spray of water drawn onto the balcony. We also experienced smuts of oil from the funnel. Not too unbearable but worth noting. The balcony furniture is bare hardwood with cushions which were grubby and, as we later found, not waterproof. A shower of rain soaked into the cushions and then soaked our clothing as we sat on them. The stateroom was adequate in size with plenty of storage space and a fair sized bathroom. Our Steward, Joe, kept it immaculate and was always willing to help in any way. As there is quite a narrow gap between the end of the bed and the wall, P&O should consider fitting curved-end mattresses as some other cruise lines do to prevent painful collisions with passenger's legs. Dining was an interesting experience. We had chosen the first sitting at 18:30 and were lucky enough to get a table for 2 in the Meridian (main) restaurant. Our waiters, Clary and Dinesh were wonderful and nothing was too much trouble. My wife is a fussy eater and when she did not fancy a choice from the menu Clary would have something made up especially in the kitchen. Our wine waiter, Brian, was also excellent and would have a glass of my favourite wine on the table within a minute or two of sitting down. He would also show us the next day's menus so that I could decide what wine I fancied. We did not try the Arcadian Rhodes as I personally dislike his style of cooking and we never felt the need to try the Oasis fusion restaurant. All in all, the main restaurant food was good although a little too much emphasis on red meat for my wife's liking. We had breakfast in the Meridian once and found the service to be good but, the opening hours were restricted and did not suit us. Now the negative! The food in the Belvedere (self-service) restaurant was awful! Breakfast was the only reasonable offering but the food was often cold or at best lukewarm and the toast seemed like it had been made in an oven rendering it hard and almost burnt. We did try dinner there once on Italian night and I have to say that their interpretation of Italian food was not a pleasurable experience. Lunches were very boring and things like mashed potato with puddles of cooking oil and cottage pie which I am convinced was made from tinned mince were inedible. We often opted to have a burger or hotdog from the Neptune Pool Grill instead. I don't expect to pay for a "luxury" cruise and be offered things like toad in the hole, pasties and a limited choice of vegetables. I want exciting tasty food which is hot! Bar service was generally very good except on the Aquarius sun deck at the rear of the ship. A wait of 10 minutes for a waiter was not uncommon. We had to complain three times, once about a hair in my breakfast, once about rudeness to my wife by a barman and once about a prawn sandwich in the Belvedere which did not label its sandwiches after 22:00. I am allergic to prawns and was lucky that I noticed before any damage was done. All complaints were responded to with profuse apologies from the relevant managers and one even offered us a free drink at that night's sail-away party. Apart from the above, we enjoyed our cruise although we were unlucky to have a Hoorah Henry and Henrietta in the next stateroom who always slammed their balcony door, constantly dragged their balcony furniture across the balcony and talked at the top of their voices both inside and outside of their stateroom. We learned so much about their personal lives that I could write a book on the subject. The entertainment was very poor! Someone once said that cruise ship entertainers are either "Has-beens" or "Wannabes" and I think they were right. One "top" act was a singer who professed to sing operatic music but, didn't have an operatic voice, tried to sing a Freddie Mercury song and failed and his operatic attempts were embarrassing as he was clearly fighting to reach some notes. He did have a very good voice but needs some advice on what to sing. The onboard entertainments team tried hard but failed to entertain. Disembarkation was even better than embarkation and it took just 10 minutes from being called to disembark to being stood by our car with our suitcases. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
The usual fayre on a Cruise which didn't disappoint. Food was good, excellent service from Cabin attendant and Waiters. This was my first time on a ship with no children on-board and there did seem to be a lack of vibrant-type energy ... Read More
The usual fayre on a Cruise which didn't disappoint. Food was good, excellent service from Cabin attendant and Waiters. This was my first time on a ship with no children on-board and there did seem to be a lack of vibrant-type energy amongst the passengers on the first few days at sea. However as the ambiance of the peace and quiet took hold it was easy to forget the 'missing' children. I wouldn't rush to get back to Gibraltar again nor was Ajaccio particularly memorable but visits to Rome, Florence, Santa Margherita, Villefranche and Barcelona were more than adequate compensation for these two disappointments. Perhaps an excursion on Corsica would have promoted the Isle in a better light. I have to admit to being a P&O fan when it comes to cruising holidays so the criticisms I have have to be balanced against the fact that I still intend to sail with P&O in the future. So to my criticisms. I first cruised in 2000 and the programme for the theatre entertainment remains very 'samey'. Some tired routines, tired jokes and on this cruise a tired DJ, Lulu, who made it obvious that she wasn't enjoying life on board and she didn't intend to make life enjoyable for anyone else who was thinking of enjoying themselves. The excursions are outlandishly priced which encourages my partner and me to adopt independent travel arrangements to view the sites. The Ship's photographs are also too expensive which is a pity because there are many memorable moments captured on camera and buying them all would be prohibitive. And finally the Captain needs reminding without the passengers he is out-of-a-job. It's one thing to refuse to shake a hand, presumably because of health and safety considerations, but at least be apologetic to the person politely offering the hand rather than give the curt response 'I don't shake hands'. With an attitude like that I am sure everybody would be only too pleased to oblige him. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
First time on Arcadia and really looking forward to it. First impressions on boarding, no welcome meet and greet, or shown to cabins. Cabins were very comfortable, staff very good (all Goan) Evening "shows" alternated with ... Read More
First time on Arcadia and really looking forward to it. First impressions on boarding, no welcome meet and greet, or shown to cabins. Cabins were very comfortable, staff very good (all Goan) Evening "shows" alternated with "guest" vocalist (not good) and Tom O'Connor (jokes very dated and targeted at women) Day time activities extremely boring and also at extra cost. Decorations for the Festive season very minimal and unusual colour of teal and silver (cool colours) without which the ship would look very plain, more like a hotel space and not a ship. Didn't feel the Christmas atmosphere that I had expected, especially having sailed with Oceana in December, whose decs were fantastic! First day on board one day only "special offers" for reduced prices to gym/spa/restaurants etc were not made aware of until next day, by which time we could not use them. Cinema only had 30 seats some of which were broken, not really good for a winter cruise. My main complaint though was having to pass the "pub" on my way to the Dining Room or the Theatre. The doors were propped open and smoke filled the adjoining seating areas. The pub was also one of two places of alternative entertainment, which I would have liked to enjoy but because of the smoke was unable to do so. I have never been cold - chilly even on a cruise ship, wherever you sat, dining room, lounges, theatre it was really cold. Our cabin was the only place that we could enjoy comfortably. Sally Sago the Cruise director was uninspiring and I feel that she could have done more to improve the on board activities. No sail away parties, no camaraderie of previous cruises (I have experienced 14) This was on a grade of 1 -10 (10 highest) about a 6. Unless the ports of call are exceptional, I am afraid I will not choose Arcadia again. We went ashore ourselves and didn't use the excursions - glad we didn't because they were expensive at £30 (upwards) each. Going ashore on foot, most of the time with free shuttle buses saved us a lot of money - and the excursions all visited the same places we had - makes you think! Was looking forward to the Gary Rhodes Restaurant on board but the menu was uninspiring and other guests complained about the service so didn't use it. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
The cruise was booked for 7 days on Arcadia cruising Fjords. We are a couple mid 40-50 age group. Booked for a chill out time and scenery locations. We travelled to Southampton on 31 July 2009 expecting to have plenty of time to ... Read More
The cruise was booked for 7 days on Arcadia cruising Fjords. We are a couple mid 40-50 age group. Booked for a chill out time and scenery locations. We travelled to Southampton on 31 July 2009 expecting to have plenty of time to spare. Wrong. There were 4 ships ready to disembark at relatively the same timings and it was mayhem on the roads leading to the docks. We queued and crawled with countless other travellers along the roads leading into Southampton for at least 1 1/2 hours. Really weary of the queues by the time we left our car with CPS and handed over the keys to them, we then saw the queues snaking around the reception area with dread. The booking in system was quick, swift and by the time I had spoken to the person booking us in we were all smiles and looking forward to boarding ship. I had read with trepidation of stuffy, tired and british on different reviews so was interested in how we - first timers - would find the Arcadia. We found our cabin on G floor really easily and were happy with our cabin. We had an inside cabin with a window which was reasonably spacious. Minerva our cabin steward introduced himself almost immediately. We made our way up to the Sail Away in the glorious sunshine and sipped our drinks in the crows nest bar. Very happy with our choice. 31 July - Sailed from Southampton in good weather. We were introduced to Meridan Dining and our companion dinner guests in smart casual dress code. Not sure how we would interact with our new companions, (table of 8, late sitting @ 8.30 pm) but were pleased everyone chatted quite easily. So thank you table 104 for being our dinner guests for the next 7 nights. The food was far better than I had anticipated with a good choice. Our waiters and wine waiter were superb, quick, efficient and smiley, whether they served us dinner or we bumped into them on board at other functions. No one was hurried and it was all leisurely. We did try Belvedere dining at other times but we were not impressed it felt more like a cafe experience and for snacks only. 01 August - Day on board getting to know the ship and what was available. Spa looked inviting but we took time out in covered pool and chilled for the day. Evening was formal night with Commodore. Drinks flowing and jovial atmosphere on board before our dinner sitting. 02 August - Stavanger - 1st excursion to Pulpit Rock. Great scenery and great to disembark from ship - even if it was onto another! Stunning location and pit stopped for waffles and jam on way back. Great guides with local knowledge. As this was a Sunday virtually all Stavanger closed and after a little wander round headed back on board ship. Didn't appear much to see or do in Stavanger so retreated to swimming pool for leisurely swim - which was our theme for the week! 03 August - Gerainger - Beautiful sunny weather and loved this little port. Wish we had made our way earlier as kayaking from bay but missed it by 5 mins. Always another time. Beautiful and scenic. Our dinner companions had planned 2-3 hour hikes with info from tourist information centre. Everyone enjoyed this port regardless of exertion in exercise! Our other companions took excursion up the mountain and although glorious sunshine below it was very cold and snowy on top - so forewarned take jacket, fleece etc if you intend to go upwards! 04 August - Flamm - my favorite day. Booked Norway in a nutshell excursion. If you only do one - this is it. We disembarked through tender so had to wait our slot. We were then onto a coach (there were 7) and driven through breathtaking scenery and through mountains and windy hair pin bends with great expertise. Stopped off at viewing points along the way for a wander and photo opportunities. Weather was brilliant and so was the day. Our final stop was Voss for lunch at Hotel. Buffet lunch (included in tour) was fantastic. We were told time to board train back to Flam. The train was reserved for Arcadia excursions only then boarded 2nd train back to Flam. 2nd train picked up other excursions from other tours and made its way back to Flam. Absolutely brilliant day. Word of caution. Our dinner companions had not managed to book this day and hoped to do it independently but due to the demand from cruise ships were not able to. There was another ship in Flam and all available trains were booked out. So if you intend to cover this itinerary I would strongly recommend doing the organized tour as going alone could be difficult. 05 August - Bergen - Great City. Biggest port we went to. Decided to explore independently. Although able to walk off ship into port - no thoroughfare through so had to be shuttled into main city. No problem as shuttles were to and froing all day. Loved Bergen. Headed towards Fish Market which was colorful and buzzing. Took the funicular to top and had fun in the forest with trolls and other playthings. Views were outstanding too across the harbor. We made our way down and were amazed by the queues! My advice get there early before 10 am. Decided to window shop - too expensive to buy and saw a double decker bus. Jumped on and it took us to the panoramic views via cable cars. Stunning views and lots of hiking paths to be taken if you enjoy walking. Decided to take cable car back although there was a trail to walk down! Bus returned us back to buzz of Bergen. As an example managed to take funicular and cable car x 2 persons for approx £50. 06 August - Sail back to Southampton. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We didn't do many of the organized onboard activities but used screening room (very small), swimming pool, cyber room (very expensive), Crows Nest & Piano Bar after dinner entertainment. Can't comment on any shows as didn't manage to make any of them, although our dinner companions really enjoyed their experiences. Loved dressing for dinner, formal, semi formal, casual - meals were better than anticipated. Hated queuing for disembarkment at ports (but was a necessity. Not sure about sittings for dinner as early (too early for us) late (too late to bother to rush for evening performances from the shows). Disembarkment was brilliant. Quick and easy. We made our way for breakfast early Friday morning and were surprised how easy that was - no queues. Left our luggage in the cabin while we took a stroll on deck for the last time. We were told that we would be called earlier than anticipated as Arcadia docked earlier so we were off ship and travelling home by 9.15am. Brilliant. Overall enjoyed the cruising experience. Would we cruise again? Yes but only to specific places that enhance cruising, Fjords definitely one of them. Would we cruise P&O again, yes but definitely look at other cruises and think carefully about freedom dining. Would we recommend this cruise. Yes definitely. Gripes we had a few but overall the pro's outweighed the con's. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2009
Impressions of the P&O Ship Arcadia After our First Class rail journey from Durham to Southampton, we were delighted that our check-in was swift and we were soon directed to an inside Cabin C 184, which was spacious and very well ... Read More
Impressions of the P&O Ship Arcadia After our First Class rail journey from Durham to Southampton, we were delighted that our check-in was swift and we were soon directed to an inside Cabin C 184, which was spacious and very well appointed. My only criticism of the check-in and the security procedure was that the staff concerned showed little interest in the many mature and aged people. A pleasant word would have been comforting to some anxious customers. The cabin C 184 had plenty of storage facilities. However the lighting in front of the wardrobes was poor. Our cabin steward introduced himself and soon agreed to exchange the duvets on the beds for sheets and blankets. We attended the routine boat drill before dinner. Having attended many Captain's cocktail parties in the past, we decided to miss our invitation and relax before dinner on the second evening. Dining. Throughout the cruise, we ate in the Meridian Restaurant. We shared a table for eight. The standard of our meals was extremely high. The waiters were efficient and patient. We had no complaints. On one evening, my wife quietly stated to her table companion that she wished that she had chosen a different course. Our waiter overheard and pleasantly and quickly changed her meal. There was much choice at all meals, from the exotic to the simple. I heard no complaints. Sanitisation of hands was available. We used the gel on every occasion, but many diners did not. We think that there should be more insistence by P&O for this safeguard. Entertainment. We made our way to the Palladium Theatre after dinner on the first night of our cruise. There were no seats available, so we stood at the back. The singing was raucous. Even the song "I'm leaning on a lamppost at the corner of the street", a romantic song, seemed to be sung at the maximum volume. We tried other shows later, but the amplification offended us and we did not stay for very long. The classical pianist Naomi Edemariam gave us much pleasure. Her playing was of a high standard. Our grumble concerning her concerts was that they were badly timed. A 5.15pm start for First Sitting cruisers, left very little time for us to prepare for the evening meal. The cinema on the ship was abysmal, with few seats and a poor screen. We thought that the choice of films was depressing. The art lectures were very informative and I must say that the one on "Turner" was one of the best I have heard. We also attended two lectures on health by the Deputy Manager of the Spa. He was both amusing and very interesting. He has left us with much to think about after the cruise. It was somewhat annoying that the lectures were given in open areas, with passing cruisers, whose chatter could be disruptive. It would have been more satisfactory if the lectures had been given in the many closed areas of the ship. Fellow Guests. Throughout the cruise we found much friendliness among those whom we came into contact. Politeness and good conversation made for a pleasant atmosphere. We thought that the disabled passengers were heroic and, despite their difficulties, very good humoured. Ports of Call. June 4th. Our first call was to Malaga, where we were very keen to visit the Cathedral. We were not disappointed and at a cost of 4 Euros each we spent a fruitful time in The Cathedral and in the Museum. We were also able to join in a Mass service in an adjoining church. A satisfying morning excursion. June 7th. We wended our way on to Dubrovnik, via the Straits of Messina, with good views of the Italian and Sicilian coasts. One could see the snow covered Mount Etna in the distance. The Captain announced that on arrival in Dubrovnik, he had permission to enter the port for only one and a half hours, after which he would manoeuvre the ship to anchor in the bay for the rest of the day. This meant that we could go ashore by the gangway, but we had to return in a tender. This did present a problem for some elderly passengers. Dubrovnik was magnificent, with its glittering walls and pavements. One felt that one was experiencing a perfectly preserved medieval city. There was little evidence of the bombing of the city by the Serbs. We returned to the ship with a pleasant memory. We were able to attend a Mass at the Monastery of St. Francis. June 8th. The entry into Venice was spectacular, as the ship slowly sailed past the many interesting sights. At a cost of £8 each, my wife and I joined others on a large motor launch and were deposited at a landing stage very close to St. Mark's Square. We achieved our objectives, visiting St. Mark's and seeing the Titian painting in the Frari, but at great effort. The crowds in the streets were enormous and we were pleased to take the launch back to the ship. With all its wonderful sights, I do not think that this visit was too sensible. The majority on the Arcadia were mature people and those we talked to said they found the visit exhausting. June 9th. The visit to Split was a revelation. Leaving the tender, we were faced with a very modern front to the harbour. Thoughtful construction had resulted in the idea of antiquity in a modern setting. Glittering pavements combined with simple garden areas to give a most pleasant result. However it was the remains of Diocletian's Palace which gave us the greatest thrill of our holiday. There was much exciting evidence of life in Roman times. The Catholic Cathedral had been built on the site of the palace and the building seemed to merge into what was left of the original buildings. A museum adjoining the Cathedral had many fine exhibits, which demonstrated the history of the area. Our short visit made us contemplate a holiday in this city in the future. June 10th. Our visit to Corfu was very disappointing. On leaving the ship, we were faced with a continuous excess of traffic, pollution, crowds, litter and overwhelming heat. We visited a Catholic church near to the harbour and made a pilgrimage to the famous cricket ground. We returned early to the ship. We would not return. June 11th. Our voyage from Corfu to Zakinthos was short and completed overnight. A cloudless warm evening, combined with a very calm sea, plus the slow movement of the ship through the water, created a magical atmosphere on deck. We strolled on a deserted Promenade Deck after dinner. Our fellow cruisers were busy at shows or at activities within the ship. We would not have exchanged our romantic moments with anyone. Anchoring at Zakinthos, we were taken ashore by tender, where our first local attraction was the sight of a dead dog in the harbour. Moving into the town, we were face with heavy traffic, much litter, dirty streets. Visits to a Catholic church and two Orthodox churches were interesting. We were particularly impressed by a number of men who were making visits to the Orthodox churches. They sang as they moved around and kissed a number of icons in various parts of the churches. Gibraltar our last port of call, was largely unchanged from our previous visits. Alistair, in Reception, directed us to the Cathedral in Main Street, where we attended the Cathedral for the 9.0am Mass. Incidents. As regular cruisers, we were invited to an evening party aboard ship in the Viceroy Room, given by Chief Engineer Jewkes. Making our way to Deck 10, I asked a passing white-suited member of the ship's crew for directions to the party. He answered, "I'll show you". He then led us up stairs and along corridors to the party venue. As he turned to leave us, I said, "What do you do on the ship?" He answered, "I'm the Captain". He was not joking. We both laughed. As the cruise developed, my wife Mary complained of a unpleasant smell in the toilet area in our cabin. We complained to the cabin steward, who reported the matter to the Deck Supervisor. He visited the cabin and ordered the steward to use more chemicals. This made no difference and we pursued the matter, both with the Deck Supervisor and with the staff at Reception. A plumber attended and after an attempt at repair declared that the problem could not be put right quickly. I pressed for another cabin and eventually we were transferred to cabin B85, which was a mini-suite. We were pleased at the upgrade, but were disappointed that it took so long (four days) to remedy the unpleasant situation. My pressure brought an interview with Helen Skoins (Head of Passenger Oganisation), who pleasantly arranged for her deputy, Karen Wright, to transfer us to the better cabin. Strangely, our experience with the defective toilet did not spoil our holiday. On the whole our accommodation was good. The cooking on board was of a very high standard. I have often praised the food on the Queen Mary 2, but the meals on Arcadia were better. Service by staff was excellent. We enjoyed our cruise and would not hesitate to sail on Arcadia in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2008
After a wonderful cruise last year from Vancouver and Alaska on Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas we had hoped to repeat the experience closer to home by taking this seven day Fjord Adventures cruise on Arcadia. Although previous ... Read More
After a wonderful cruise last year from Vancouver and Alaska on Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas we had hoped to repeat the experience closer to home by taking this seven day Fjord Adventures cruise on Arcadia. Although previous reviews had forewarned us that this shape lacks a wow factor, we were disappointed to find that although elegantly decorated and furnished it didn't seem to have a focal point like the magnificent atrium on Radiance. This meant we were constantly getting lost for the first few days on board as we tried to navigate the maze of corridors and passages. CABIN: Our cabin though, a middle priced balcony on Dominica deck, was excellent. It was a good size with plenty of storage space, and we were pleased to find an excellent range of toiletries in the well equipped bathroom. The silver bon bon dish and vase containing a single red rose were also nice, welcoming touches. Our cabin steward Andre, was also a delight, he kept everything spotlessly clean, and always had a cheery smile. FOOD:We had opted for second sitting dinner in the Meridian Restaurant, and it was here that we met our biggest disappointment of the cruise. It quickly became apparent that the serving staff were over stretched, particularly the wine waiter who had far too many tables to serve - consequently our wine often didn't arrive until after we'd eaten the first course. The food was nowhere near as good as on Radiance. Although we are British and proud of it, we would like to have seen a more cosmopolitan choice of dishes. For instance roast turkey, and calves' liver are not dishes I would order if I was dining out in a good restaurant. On the first night I ordered grilled salmon with pancetta. The salmon was over cooked and dry and the pancetta had been incinerated. I didn't send it back because I felt sorry for the over worked waiting staff - but I should have done. The standard did rise slightly during the week, but for the most part we found the food stodgy and uninspiring. But the Belevedere self service restaurant was even worse. We only tried to eat there once when we overslept and were too late for the main dining room. After struggling to find a table, we then found the food on the hot plate looking greasy and unappetizing. The scrambled eggs were surely of the reconstituted variety and the toast was like leather. Trying to get a cup of coffee or tea was a nightmare as the first drinks station I went to the coffee and tea machines were out of order and consequently there was a huge queue at the next one. In the end we opted for glasses of what appeared to be watered down orange juice. Our culinary highlights of the week were when we paid supplements of £15 and £10 per head respectively to dine at the speciality restaurants Arcadian Rhodes and Orchid. The service at both was exemplary and we enjoyed meals which for a change titillated our taste buds. ENTERTAINMENT:I would rate the entertainment on Arcadia as generally very good. We particularly enjoyed the comedian Tucker who literally had us in tucks of laughter, and the singers and dancers of the ship's company also put on a good show. On the last morning of the cruise we also enjoyed a talk by retired Premiership soccer boss Tommy Doherty whose slightly salacious tales of life behind the scenes at Chelsea and Manchester United made us chuckle. Arcadia is a child free ship, which was something that had appealed to us when we booked, but on reflection, we found the lack of a mix of ages meant that the experience was not as much fun as we'd hoped. SHORE EXCURSIONS: I'd been advised by a colleague that excursions in Bergen, Alesund, and Stavanger, were unnecessary as these three ports are easy to get around on foot, and armed with a good guide books, that's just what we did. At Geiranger however we decided to take a tour which took in the summit of Mount Dalsnibba and then a trip to a traditional Norwegian Stave Church some 40 miles inland. We were fortunate that despite it being a cloudy morning the shroud lifted as we arrived at the top of the mountain and we had superb views to the fjord below where Arcadia looked like a toy boat. After that though, the trip went downhill fast in more ways than one. After a brief toilet stop we headed inland only to find the road ahead barred as it was closed for routine highway maintenance. Our Italian guide - an Italian showing us around Norway? explained that we would be stuck there for an hour until the road re-opened. Most of our fellow passengers decided to stay on the coach, but we walked down the hillside to a nearby lake. When the road re-opened we set off again, only to be told when we arrived at the church that there was no time to take the planned guided tour of it as we had to retrace our route before the road closed again for more work. We managed to grab a bottle of water from a gift shop, but that was all we had until 3.30 in the afternoon when we stopped for a cup of coffee or tea and a Danish pastry which were included in the £75 per head cost of the tour!! To say we were underwhelmed by the experience is an understatement -particularly as the road closures were pre-planned and the coach operator should have known about them SUMMING UP: For the most part we enjoyed our cruise on Arcadia - but would we repeat it? Probably not, as sadly the style and service of the food and the generally staid ambiance didn't really tick the right boxes for us. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2008
My husband and I had done only 1 cruise before embarking on Arcadia in February 2008 to cruise the Caribbean, The Panama Canal and up to Acapulco. Our first cruise was on QE2 and so we thought it would be interesting to compare P&O ... Read More
My husband and I had done only 1 cruise before embarking on Arcadia in February 2008 to cruise the Caribbean, The Panama Canal and up to Acapulco. Our first cruise was on QE2 and so we thought it would be interesting to compare P&O with the Cunard experience. Our flight from Manchester to Barbados was good and we had upgraded on the First Choice Flight. We had been fortunate as people who had travelled with Thomas Cook also from Manchester were disgusted with their flight seats and the space, or lack of it, in economy. Transfer from the aircraft to the cruise terminal in Bridgetown was excellent and we were soon in our cabin. We thought the cabin was about the same size as the one we had on QE2. However, this time we had a balcony which was a definite advantage over the 2 portholes on QE2. The cabin was well appointed although there was no shampoo provided. I thought this was penny pinching to the extreme. You get shampoo in a basic motorway lodge in the UK. Also there were no dressing gowns which we had had on QE2. Our room steward was from Goa and he knew a hotel we had stayed at there some years ago. He was very polite and efficient. We had booked for second sitting at dinner but when on board discovered that this did not start until 20.45. As we did not want to eat that late we changed to first sitting at 18.30. The only alternative to this for dinner (unless you wanted to pay extra) was to go to the Belvedere Buffet Food Court which was about as exciting as a works canteen in decor and facilities. We soon found that dining at 18.30 was a little early as we missed a lot of the sailaway parties so we decided that if we cruised again with P&O we would choose Freedom Dining. The food was OK but a definite notch down from what we had on QE2. The waiter service in the dining room was good except for delivery of the vegetables on to you plate. They were plonked anywhere on the plate (often over the food that was already on there) rather than being nicely placed in a suitable space on the plate (as we had on QE2). Likewise, on QE2, the petits fours came on a large tray and you were invited to choose. On Arcadia, a few biscuits were literally dumped on a small plate - some not even the right way up and the plate just left on the table. I know the waiters are hard pressed to get diners out of the restaurant to get the tables relaid for the second sitting but it is these small things which leave the wrong impression in peoples' minds. The Belvedere Food Court was self - service. We had breakfast there most days but only dined there on 2 nights. It is the most confusing place to find your way around as they have different types of food on each side of the serving area. Getting a coffee or tea was often a scramble as people converged on the 2 machines dispensing the water and coffee. This was not a good place to be if you visited it at a busy time. About a week into the cruise, our wine waitress announced that they would shortly run out of bottles of the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and this proved to be true. Then about 3/4 days before the end of the cruise you could not get a proper tonic anywhere on the ship. They had slimline which does not taste right with gin or vodka but no proper tonic!! We think that there should be some tightening up on the re-ordering of items to be taken on board at each port. The weather for the entire cruise was fantastic - virtually wall to wall sunshine every day. The itinerary was varied and interesting and involved new places for us to visit. The Panama Canal transit was the highlight. We did quite a few organized trips when in port. In Aruba we did a snorkeling trip which took us to a shipwrecked vessel. This was very dangerous and most people were out of the water and back on board the snorkel vessel within a few minutes. P&O should review whether to keep this trip on their books. We did an evening trip to Panama City which was billed as a walking tour. However we soon found out that the tour guides were to take us to 2 museums instead. This did not go down at all well with us and our fellow passengers. Spending time in a museum at 22.00 after a full day transiting the Panama Canal was not most people's idea of fun. The best trip was in Huatulco where we went on an Eco Bird Watch walk. We were not that interested in taking part in the daytime activities on board ship when at sea, preferring instead to find a sun bed and relax. However, the evening entertainment was pretty abysmal. As mentioned we were in first sitting for dinner and this meant that by 20.15 we were just about finished in the dining room and looking for some entertainment. We soon found that if you did not want to go to the show (or perhaps did want to go but could not get a seat) there was nothing else going on throughout the ship for at least an hour - say between 20.30 and 21.30. We visited various bars including the pub and when we got there the act was playing but as soon as the dining room announced that it was time for second sitting dinner, all the acts closed down and the place was like a ghost ship. This is not good enough. With about 2 days to go to the end of the cruise, it was announced that there had been an outbreak of the Norovirus disease and various cleanliness measures were brought in. Fortunately we were not affected but we thought that in general and prior to the outbreak of the disease, there was a more lax approach to disinfecting hands on entry to restaurants than there was on QE2. Unfortunately the night before disembarkation it was announced that our flight was delayed by 8 hours and as we had to be out of our cabin by 07.00 on the day of disembarkation, this made for a long hot and tiring day before we even got to the airport. It also meant that we were soon mingling with new passengers who had arrived at Acapulco early and who could not all gain access to their cabins!! We were very much on our own at the airport as there were no P&O staff in attendance. I thought this was surprising. It was as if once you had left the ship P&O were not bothered about you. In summary we enjoyed the cruise overall but there were some shortfalls and it was not to the standard we had on QE2. However, undaunted, we have booked to go on Ventura so will see if she is any different. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2008
Overview of cruise Feb 22nd - March 7th on Arcadia. CRUISE ITINERARY : Flew to Barbados, and visited Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba, Limon (Costa Rica), Panama Canal, Fuerta Amador, Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Huatulco (Mexico) and Acapulco. ... Read More
Overview of cruise Feb 22nd - March 7th on Arcadia. CRUISE ITINERARY : Flew to Barbados, and visited Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba, Limon (Costa Rica), Panama Canal, Fuerta Amador, Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Huatulco (Mexico) and Acapulco. There were also 5 sea days and technically the Panama was also a sea day. This was a superb itinerary and I can highly recommend it to anyone. The ports all varied greatly and there was something for everyone. The transit of the Panama Canal was fantastic. It took all day, but it was well worth getting up at 6am for !! WEATHER : Superb. Glorious weather every day. The lowest temperature was 79f and many days it was in the high 80's. TOURS : I did tours in Grenada (Rum Runner) ; Limon (Banana Train) , Puerto Quetzal (La Antigua Guatemala on your own). All were good. I and my friends did our own things in the other places and often did things that tours were doing, but did them much more cheaply. It helped that I have a friend living on Bonaire who sorted that day out for us. ARCADIA SERVICE : On the whole very good indeed from everyone. The Meridian Restaurant waiters worked very hard indeed due to the large size of the restaurant, they have to bring the food a long way. Breakfast room service does need to be looked at as it is very rarely delivered correctly. Every day they missed something off the list of requests. It wasn't just us. Everyone in our group who used this service reported a similar problem. They seem to think each cabin contains just one person and very rarely provide for 2 or more. The reception and tours staff appear not to be able to deal with complainants very well. I had no cause to complain but sometimes stood behind people who were and the staff tend to be very defensive and offer unsatisfactory explanations that tend to be fob offs. Customer service in this respect needs to be looked at. This ship appears to be somewhat worse than the other ships I have been on in that respect. The crew and staff are very friendly and pleasant, and bar service is good. ENTERTAINMENTS STAFF / ENTERTAINMENT : worked very hard indeed. The men were very personable, although the girls tended to be a bit stand offish and really rather snooty. The Entertainments Officer was Gary Gladding and he did a good job. He did a commentary during the Panama passage which was superb. The singers and dancers were clearly chosen for one show (Cirque Arcadia) using their aerial and acrobatic abilities. The rest of the shows suffered as a result being rather bland and having no impact. The boys were very good dancers and looked good, the girls were less capable and were statuesque as opposed to dynamic. The 2 principal singers did little dancing and sang adequately, but none of the company were notable for vocal prowess. One of our party is a professional musical director in her own right and she thought the vocals of the team were abysmal at every show. The cabaret acts were Alan Stewart (very very good) ; Bobby Crush (who was himself as usual !!) ; a female singer more suited to a pub or cabaret club, and a classical pianist duo who I am told were very very good. Jon and Dan Snow were on board for lectures. I am told they were good. The Arcadia Orchestra were superb, and the other 4 bands on board were all good. ARCADIA SHIP : The exterior looks magnificent and the ship is very handsome indeed. It is a large ship. The lack of a large atrium means there is no real focal point, and this makes the ships layout difficult to get to grips with. Using the scenic elevators as a focal point really helps. There are some impressive spaces such as Palladium Theatre and the Crows Nest and the Orchid Restaurant and Bar, but too many of the public rooms are rather bland and lacking in any real atmosphere, including Arcadian Rhodes. The Meridian restaurant is especially bland and lit too lightly and lacks ambience and atmosphere. There is an impressive amount of deck space and there was never a long search for a deck lounger (as there is on the other P&O ships). The sun deck above Orchid is often overlooked by many and there is always plenty of space up there. There is no dedicated cinema. Films were sometimes shown in Palladium Theatre, but usually were shown in the Ocean Room (a sort of lecture room with uncomfortable stacking seats) and as a result were poorly attended. Cafe Vivo is a fun little place which we visited almost every day. There are too many plain corridors and the photo shop seems to get bigger with every new ship. The lower floor of the 2 tear dining room has a bad vibration at the centre rear due to being right over the propulsion of the ship. The Belvedere Buffet is a real problem. The food is OK there, but the layout is confusing at first with its different sections causing different queues. There was no effective signage instructing folk in which direction to queue and this led to problems and conflict. There were many complaints about this place. ARCADIA FOOD : Sadly, not as good as on the other P&O ships I have been on. The food in Arcadian Rhodes is superb, as it is in Orchid Restaurant, but in the main restaurant there is a real problem with the food being luke warm when it comes to the table. We were sat right in a far corner of the restaurant. We spoke to people sat near the kitchen doors who said their food was always piping hot. Our party of 29 were sat across 4 tables and at various times during the cruise, group members had to return meals that were almost cold. Not good I am afraid. The restaurant is just too big to be effective and as a result the waiters are having to work overtime to keep up with things. Some meals there were superb (especially the formal nights), many were as to be expected, but some were no better than one could get in any local bistro back home and that's not what we have come to expect of P&O ships. There is one place on the ship which must rank as the very worst food I have ever had afloat. The Neptune's Buffet Bistro by the pool. I ate here once and it was completely vile. ARCADIA ATMOSPHERE : This was the first time I and my party had cruised on an over 18's ship , and it will probably be the last, unless we chose such a ship for the itinerary. OK, we didn't have the kids and teenagers (but they are usually well looked after and controlled on the family ships such as Oceania, Oriana and Aurora), but what we didn't have as a result was their parents, who are typically aged in their 30's, 40's and 50's. (We are in our 40's). There were very few of this age group on board and as a result the atmosphere on board was quite dull at times. By half past midnight the ship was dead apart from a few pockets of life and certainly by 1am there was nothing happening at all. There were a few younger couples who stood out because they were so few in number. The majority of the passengers were aged 60+ and while they seemed to be enjoying themselves, it can never be as lively as when you have all age groups on board. THE BUG : sadly the last 3 days of the cruise had the dreaded bug on board. It appeared to be a mild form and was apparently brought back on board a Puerto Quetzal. 4 of my party got it, but it was being sick once and having a bit out the other end, and feeling unwell for a day. Didn't sound like norovirus. There were quite a few cases and the ship handled this well with the usual restrictions in place. Everything handed to you in buffet and restaurant, toilet doors remaining open etc etc. One anomaly in the restaurant. They handed the pre-packed sugar and salt to you with tongs, and then brought the toast in an open rack for all the table to handle !!! We enjoyed this cruise very much, but found a lot more to criticize than usual. It didn't spoil anything however, and the experience was still far better than any land based holiday could be. I haven't been put off P&O yet, but there are many people wondering if standard are being cut too much in an effort to keep prices down. P&O might loose support to Princess Cruises if they are not careful. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2007
First cruise with P & O although our 12th cruise. Impressed with transfer arrangements which were extremely efficient. Cases checked in at the airport and not seen again until they were delivered to our cabin. Similarly, on ... Read More
First cruise with P & O although our 12th cruise. Impressed with transfer arrangements which were extremely efficient. Cases checked in at the airport and not seen again until they were delivered to our cabin. Similarly, on disembarkation, left outside our cabin and reclaimed at UK airport.Flights on Thomas Cook charter were very uncomfortable as there was virtually no legroom for a 8-9 hour flight. Very bad for tall people and worse if, as in my case, you get a large person next to you! A couple of people on our return flight became unwell through being so cramped. P & O should not use charter flights like this which are not designed for long-haul. Balcony cabin was roomy. Bathroom with shower over a small bath. Beds were a bit hard but we got used to them. In queen configuration we got two single duvets, would have preferred one large duvet. Decor rather plain but okay. Showergel supplied but no shampoo or conditioner supplied. Even 3 star hotels do this P & O !!! Only 2 pieces of soap in two weeks. No robes supplied. Ship decor overall was pleasant and we did not find it difficult to get around. Lovely wrap around teak promenade deck with space to walk and relax. Dining - Meridian. Waiter service was the best we have had. Food was okay but my husband had a few tough steaks and I had tough lamb cutlets. Belvedere Food Court. P & O could learn from Princess on efficient layout. Too far to walk for things like omelettes and pancakes. Food cold when you sit down. Bottlenecks all the time at the drinks.Tables not cleared quickly and staff in there seemed unenthusiastic and unsmiling. Excellent English Breakfast. Afternoon teas served between 4 & 5 other ships serve these too early generally. Entertainment - Palladium. A couple of good shows but some were not so good. Not much atmosphere in the casino but perhaps this is a British thing.Good piano recitals in the Crows Nest.Good atmosphere in the pub. Overall - On a child free ship I missed having all age groups on board as the younger people add a buzz to a ship.We also prefer a mix of nationalities as this adds to the interest. It was a lovely holiday but not the best ship we have been on. More 4* than 4*+. Many people said they would not fly out to a P & O ship again because of the cramped conditions on the plane. They will lose custom if they continue with this as it stays in your mind when you Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2006
We travelled on the new (2005)child-free Arcadia from Southampton down to Lisbon calling at Vigo,La Rochelle and Brest. The embarkation,as with all P&O cruises was smooth and very rapid and with the minimum of fuss. THE SHIP; As has ... Read More
We travelled on the new (2005)child-free Arcadia from Southampton down to Lisbon calling at Vigo,La Rochelle and Brest. The embarkation,as with all P&O cruises was smooth and very rapid and with the minimum of fuss. THE SHIP; As has been mentioned before,Arcadia is less spectacularly appointed than other ships in the fleet and has a more modern and contemporary feel to the decor. However we liked the muted colors of sage,cream and taupe which runs throughout the ship and also into the cabins,creating a calm and soothing atmosphere. We had a balcony cabin at the stern of the ship on deck 8 (Australia}with a vast balcony well able to entertain a dozen or more people! The cabin was of an average size for a stateroom,although the doorway was very narrow and a certain amount of juggling had to be done with the bathroom door and wardrobe doors which were directly opposite each other. There were no drawers in the cabin just two large ones in the base of the sofa. The wardrobe was very dark -an interior light might have illuminated the Stygian gloom! However,these cabins are invariably designed by men who have no concept of how to struggle into a ballgown in a 3ft space whilst trying to find one's evening sandal at the back of a wardrobe by touch alone! FOOD; The main formal restaurant,The Meridian had reasonably good food,which tended to arrive tepid. There were also 2 additional restaurants on board-Gary Rhodes and the Orchid which served Asian food. There was a cover charge for both venues and they were excellent,but book early on the cruise as there is great demand for tables. ENTERTAINMENT; We are not huge fans of cruise type shows,but if you like old comics,a few hoofers and lots of dry ice,you will not be disappointed! We also had twin illusionists "THE TWINS" who were doubly awful. The usual teeth whitening seminars and TANZANITE-mysterious gem of Africa enlivened sea days,along with those impossibly dreadful art auctions selling daubs by bad artists to punters who have no idea what they are purchasing! The one entertainer we did enjoy was a very talented guitarist who played in solitary splendor in The Crows Nest Bar to a small select band of us who were prepared to go up to the eleventh deck! PORTS OF CALL: All were fine,but we couldn't dock at Brest due to a force 8 gale and so benefited from another sea day of line dancing teeth whitening seminars and Snowball bingo! Happy Cruising! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2005
Overall - Found the cruise to be suited to people in the more advanced years, this was reflected in the musical choice around the different areas, even the pub had a trio playing slow lounge almost background style music. The ship itself ... Read More
Overall - Found the cruise to be suited to people in the more advanced years, this was reflected in the musical choice around the different areas, even the pub had a trio playing slow lounge almost background style music. The ship itself was best described as low key and although fairly well decorated no area could be described as exciting or having a 'wow' factor. For a Christmas cruise the decorations were poor. We will look long and hard before we book with P&O again. Food - 1. Meridian restaurant - Good choice of meals offered but vegetables left something to be desired. Most evenings we were offered new potatoes and one evening I was offered carrots and sprouts with my fish! Wine choice good but both wine waiters and meal waiters were not up to scratch. Too many mistakes made with our wine and wrong choice of food being served. 2. Rhodes restaurant - Spent one evening there, food was good but again the waiters, although they tried very hard, not quite up to scratch. 3. Orchid - Promoted as 'Fusion' food. Spent an evening there not bad but I was expecting something better. The couple next to us asked if they could remove coconut from one of the desserts, they were told it was not possible, which left me thinking they were pre-prepared, not what we were expecting. 4. Belvedere - Self service - Good choice and kept clean and tidy. the layout means you have to travel a long way to see the choice and the drinks area needs improving as it is a bottleneck. Entertainment -As explained earlier, in general the music was suited to 65+. The Arcadian Theatre is the best I've seen and the production company were very good with varied shows. The 'special' acts brought in, two comedians and two singers, were again suited to the older section and not very good, many people left these shows before the end or even halfway through. Photography - Good selection and quite professional, however, like most cruises the cost of the photos and especially the re-prints were far too high. Bring the price down and everybody buys one! Trips - Too expensive for what you get. Most people I spoke to got the same if not better from locals and at less then half price! Flights - Watch out if you're booked on Thompson, everyone we spoke to from 3 different airports all had delays, and some didn't have any food. P&O really need to look at this, Thompson are fine for a low cost European flight but are totally not suited for long haul, spoilt the holiday and I would think they will still be reading the complaints for a while yet! 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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