Arcadia Cruise Review by E A James
- Sail Date: October 2016
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
We had decided to take the Freedom Dinning option because we felt that this gave us more freedom when to eat. We also liked the fact that we sat with different people every evening. In 17 nights we only sat with the same people twice and that was on the same evening. Our preferd table size was 6, because it is easier to hold a conversation which includes all. Although we did sometimes sit on a table for 8 which tended to slip into 2 conversations of 4's. The food and menu selection was as usual excellent. The diet must begin now We've returned home!
The entertainment during the week was very good consisting of The Headliners, who put on 4 different shows. The comedian Tom O'Connor who was very entertaining. A superb guitarist called Byron Johnston and a group called the Beatles Experience, who were excellent. These are only some of the artists that were on the cruise.
We chose this cruise because of the different ports of call. Cadiz, Cagliari, Salerno, Messina ( Where we took a Shore excursion to Taormina which was beautiful.), La Spezia (Where we went on an excursion to see Pisa. The weather forecast on this day was thunder storms. P&O announced on board that passengers who wished not to go because of the bad weather would be reimbursed. We decided to brave the weather and although we got soaked we are glad they we took the opportunity to see The Leaning Tower of Pisa.)
Elba, Toulon, Barcelona and Ceuta. Although we only went on 2 of P&O's shore excursions we did manage to see the different places using the hop on hop off buses which had ramps that made them accessibly for me and my scooter. We enjoyed all the ports of call except 1 which was Salerno. This was in our opinion not worthy of a P&O stop. It should have been Naples but we were told of the exchange a few months past.
We both enjoy sailing on the Arcadia because we like her size and the fact that it's an adult only ship. The service we received was as usual excellent. The cruise was most enjoyable and could only have been improved by dryer weather.!!!!
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