J818 PEARLS OF THE ARTHRITIC sorry Joan couldn't resist it. COMMOD'E BURGOINE AND HIS WONKY SHIP ARCADIA Let me begin, my first impression of the "ARCADIA" was a floating nursing home but not wanting to offend many of the good people I met onboard I will be generous and say that the average age must have been in the late 70's with their associated problems which meant that moving about the ship was a slow process! P&O would like us all to believe that this ship is floating Gleneagles but it isn't! The food is of a reasonable standard but nothing special and you don't get bingo and silly games at Gleneagles. The overworked and underpaid waiting and cabin staff (recruited in Mumbai and Goa), do a pretty good job which is more than can be said of the rest of the ships officers. The plastic cabins creaked and cracked all night long in the slightest swell ruining any chance of a good sleep. The daily newspaper tells us to wash our hands and make use of the hand gels available. These gels were only available in the self service restaurant and nowhere else! I know that gels are ineffective against some infections but they should be available everywhere as people handle rails throughout the ship. When I complained about this a "superior fatboy in a white suit" told me they were not necessary anywhere else other than the self service restaurant. Now it's the entertainment staffs turn. The musicians on board were I am sure individually quite good but it seemed impossible to get them to play the same tune at the same tempo together. A nightmare! The assistant entertainment officer would dance with the ladies but he looked like demented penguin with his flat feet I think he thought that rise and fall was something that the ship did. Surviving the band, a lot of people enjoyed dancing in the Globe but that didn't last the entertainment staff thought they were at PONTINS and would punctuate the dancing at 2030pm with asinine quizzes and games to stop the oldies from going to bed. In fact the best music on board was the CD they played between band breaks. Anyone who uses the ship's laundry service risks having shirts returned like corrugated cardboard washed and starched like tablecloths and pressed in an industrial roller. Wow it isn't like Gleneagles! Because the ship had a wonky engine the ship would always arrive late in port so trips were cancelled or curtailed ruining visits!!!!!!!!! I have a SATNAV which gives an accurate ETA something that evidently wasn't available to the commod'e!!!!!!!! Wake up P&O you are like the tattered remnants of the British Empire all show and no content. We should all receive an apology for J818.

PEARLS OF THE ARTHRITIC

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J818 PEARLS OF THE ARTHRITIC sorry Joan couldn't resist it.
COMMOD'E BURGOINE AND HIS WONKY SHIP ARCADIA
Let me begin, my first impression of the "ARCADIA" was a floating nursing home but not wanting to offend many of the good people I met onboard I will be generous and say that the average age must have been in the late 70's with their associated problems which meant that moving about the ship was a slow process! P&O would like us all to believe that this ship is floating Gleneagles but it isn't! The food is of a reasonable standard but nothing special and you don't get bingo and silly games at Gleneagles. The overworked and underpaid waiting and cabin staff (recruited in Mumbai and Goa), do a pretty good job which is more than can be said of the rest of the ships officers. The plastic cabins creaked and cracked all night long in the slightest swell ruining any chance of a good sleep. The daily newspaper tells us to wash our hands and make use of the hand gels available. These gels were only available in the self service restaurant and nowhere else! I know that gels are ineffective against some infections but they should be available everywhere as people handle rails throughout the ship. When I complained about this a "superior fatboy in a white suit" told me they were not necessary anywhere else other than the self service restaurant.
Now it's the entertainment staffs turn.
The musicians on board were I am sure individually quite good but it seemed impossible to get them to play the same tune at the same tempo together. A nightmare! The assistant entertainment officer would dance with the ladies but he looked like demented penguin with his flat feet I think he thought that rise and fall was something that the ship did. Surviving the band, a lot of people enjoyed dancing in the Globe but that didn't last the entertainment staff thought they were at PONTINS and would punctuate the dancing at 2030pm with asinine quizzes and games to stop the oldies from going to bed. In fact the best music on board was the CD they played between band breaks. Anyone who uses the ship's laundry service risks having shirts returned like corrugated cardboard washed and starched like tablecloths and pressed in an industrial roller. Wow it isn't like Gleneagles! Because the ship had a wonky engine the ship would always arrive late in port so trips were cancelled or curtailed ruining visits!!!!!!!!! I have a SATNAV which gives an accurate ETA something that evidently wasn't available to the commod'e!!!!!!!!
Wake up P&O you are like the tattered remnants of the British Empire all show and no content. We should all receive an apology for J818.
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