Our first cruise on Arcadia was somewhat disappointing, what with a Norovirus outbreak on board, drainage problems (buckets collecting leaks) and a very disappointing entertainment programme. The food (1st sitting in the Meridian) was excellent, as was the service and wine waiting in there. - thanks Crispino and Clyde !! We tried the buffet for lunch a couple of times but found it manic, with insufficient tables and long queues for lukewarm food. We've had nicer cabins (looking a bit old, limited space, no interactive tv and a bathroom floor drain which erupted black sediment one evening) but you get a loaded fridge (water at £1-50p for a small bottle and £1-95 for a can of lemonade), a kettle and a hairdryer. For some unexplained reason, they took the laundries out of commission for the last three days of the cruise, so you couldn't use the washers/dryers/ironing facilities. Wi-fi cost £12-50p for 24 hours and the cabin signal was terrible, so you're better off going to the ships library and using the monitors there. The top billing went to Tom O'Connor, now 77 years old, and prone to mumbling into the microphone, so we struggled to get some of his material. There was an average tenor singer, plus two talented piano players who share one keyboard, and we enjoyed them very much. Other than that, no tribute bands or acts which had a "wow" factor. We took the Flanders Fields tour (cost £40 each) and it was well worth it. As usual, P & O try to sell you photos, tours, bingo, art, jewellery, wii-fi, speciality dining and other tat in order to lighten your wallets/purses. Most of the staff were polite and friendly, but there are always a couple who looked like they didn't want to be there. The force 11-12 gale was interesting and many stayed in their cabins on Xmas Eve, and the stop at Amsterdam was cancelled due to bad weather, replaced by a stop at Le Havre. Unfortunately most everything in Le Havre was shut that morning.

Not the best cruise we've experienced

Arcadia Cruise Review by SheShe90

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2016
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
Our first cruise on Arcadia was somewhat disappointing, what with a Norovirus outbreak on board, drainage problems (buckets collecting leaks) and a very disappointing entertainment programme.

The food (1st sitting in the Meridian) was excellent, as was the service and wine waiting in there. - thanks Crispino and Clyde !!

We tried the buffet for lunch a couple of times but found it manic, with insufficient tables and long queues for lukewarm food.

We've had nicer cabins (looking a bit old, limited space, no interactive tv and a bathroom floor drain which erupted black sediment one evening) but you get a loaded fridge (water at £1-50p for a small bottle and £1-95 for a can of lemonade), a kettle and a hairdryer. For some unexplained reason, they took the laundries out of commission for the last three days of the cruise, so you couldn't use the washers/dryers/ironing facilities.

Wi-fi cost £12-50p for 24 hours and the cabin signal was terrible, so you're better off going to the ships library and using the monitors there.

The top billing went to Tom O'Connor, now 77 years old, and prone to mumbling into the microphone, so we struggled to get some of his material. There was an average tenor singer, plus two talented piano players who share one keyboard, and we enjoyed them very much. Other than that, no tribute bands or acts which had a "wow" factor.

We took the Flanders Fields tour (cost £40 each) and it was well worth it.

As usual, P & O try to sell you photos, tours, bingo, art, jewellery, wii-fi, speciality dining and other tat in order to lighten your wallets/purses.

Most of the staff were polite and friendly, but there are always a couple who looked like they didn't want to be there.

The force 11-12 gale was interesting and many stayed in their cabins on Xmas Eve, and the stop at Amsterdam was cancelled due to bad weather, replaced by a stop at Le Havre. Unfortunately most everything in Le Havre was shut that morning.
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Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
Cabin DE D55
Small balcony overlooked at the side but adequate cabin space
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