Arcadia Cruise Review by Jayjaybee
- Sail Date: September 2016
- Destination: Transatlantic
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
Sadly the ship is showing signs of age and a constant sewage smell was evident around certain areas of the ship.
The buffet was the usual bun fight with many passengers remaining at the tables even though they had finished eating. Consequently it was always a job finding a table. The food was reasonable at breakfast with a decent choice, lunch was manic and tea was adequate. The themed dinners were a bit in and out. Some good some bad. Oddly enough he Best of Britain theme was probably the worst.
We ate at the Meridian on the Freedon dining option and this worked well. The food and service was excellent overall and we never had a bad meal when we went there. There were tables of 2, 4, 6 and 8. Obviously the tables for 2 were always in demand.
We can't comment on the speciality restaraunts as we didn't use them but heard good things about them.
Entertainment was pretty good in the man theatre with the visiting artists very good, especially the American ones. The Headliners were OK and did some good shows. However we felt that the out of theTheatre entertainment was very much the same. Made up of duo's and Trio's with female vocalists. All performing prettying much the same sort of stuff. The Globe theatre is a waste. It is too small and the acoustics are terrible.
We found the bar staff and waiters excellent and did a great job. The drinks prices being very much as a local British pub.
Sadly we thought that the shops were a bit boring with not a lot to tempt a purchase and the new internet packages are extortionate. A package of a small amount of dats and email was £12.50 per day and the full package with Skype or FaceTime was £25 a day. And this was for a 24 hour period. So you lost at least 8 hours because of the night.
We enjoyed the route and most Ports of call were interesting .. We hadn't been North of New York before so it was a very good experience overall. Having been on the Arcadia before the cruise was pretty much as we expected.
As always there was the usual beentheredunthats and moaners, but we enjoyed it so they dnt matter really .
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An interactive tv would also enhance the cabin facilities.
There was plenty of cupboard and wardrobe space and the tea/ coffee making tray was kept full at all times.
The cabin bedding looked a little tired at times but was always clean and changed regularly. Better pillows would be nice.
Our downside that we had a loud banging throughout the cruise from the bulkhead wall outside the cabin, which echoed through. Although constant it wasn't consistent and could happen at any time. Day or night. Indeed one night we were awakened at 05.30 by it .despite our very concentrated efforts to get this problem solved, by nor ing the front desk, have the Deck manager hear it, have several other staff members listen toot and have an Engineering Officer hear it, the problem was never resolved fully.
On four of the first six days the toilet system failed to work in the morning. Eventually it was discovered that other passengers were putting foreign items down and blocking the system for everyone. The majority of passengers had cruised before and they really should have known better.
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