We chose this cruise after having been on the 2016 version which wasn't a full circumnavigation. This one was and it's cold in the UK in January. Some comments follow: 1. Embarkation/disembarkation was very good. (We'd reached the top Peninsular Club tiers so it wouldn't be so good if you are below the Caribbean tier). 2. We had the same balcony cabin as last year. It was "OK". P&O regularly clean the balconies but it never makes much difference. They just range between slightly dirty and pretty mucky. The balcony chairs and tables never seemed to be clean. 3. The cabin steward was pleasant enough but there was never enough time in the day to properly clean all the cabins. I was never aware of our cabin being hoovered. When you store your suitcase under the bed there will be years of accumulated fluff on it when you need it again once your 4 months is up. 4. We had a table for two in the Meridian restaurant for our evening meals. The food was usually pretty bland but perfectly edible. (Apart from the frogs legs and rabbit that appeared on the menu a couple of times - I've no idea why P&O offer these). Overall, the food standards have slipped over the years. Oddly, the food seemed much better when we had lunch in the Meridian. 5. We ate once on the Ocean Grill, entirely thanks to a "freebee" from P&O. I thought I'd change from the usual steak option and had the Buffalo burger instead. I can't recommend it. 6. The port itinerary was generally very good. The Papua New Guinea visit was a waste of time though, but I think P&O only stop there to let the Australian Great Barrier Reef pilot off. 7. Our favourite ports were San Francisco, Sydney, Osaka, Nagasaki, Singapore and Aqaba (for Petra). Bora Bora (rained and not much there), Nha Trang (not much there) and all the UAE ones (courtesy coaches to Malls that were in the middle of nowhere) were disappointments. The worst was Colombo but that was because the courtesy coach dropped us at Mall with hardly any shops in it. Even the Arcadia crew, who were looking forward to what they called 'decent food', were more than a little disappointed. Looking at Colombo as we drove through it in the courtesy coach , there certainly looked to be much nicer places we should have been taken to. 8. We booked a limited number of Shore Excursions since we were well aware of the high P&O prices from previous cruises. Often it's possible to get to the same places P&O take you to for a tenth of the cost. Most of the excursions we did take were fine except for the Shanghai one where the rain just poured down. It didn't help that our bus was the one that didn't turn up on time. 9. We didn't visit the Palladium Theatre to be entertained during the whole cruise. I just do not like the Headliners and my past experiences of other acts has put me off going to the shows completely. (Yes, I know, other reviewers really rate the Headliners). I did watch some of the guest speakers on the in-cabin television and they were actually all very good. 10. I am proud to say that I did not go to any Sailaway party around the Aquarius Pool and I feel I'm a better person for that! (My wife went to one or two, but we never talk about it. She was probably just there because she needed a cigarette). In summary, P&O standards have slipped a bit over the years. There are various things that aren't just quite right with the cabins, the food, the entertainment and even the ship.(I forgot to mention that the bow of the Arcadia was looking pretty rusty compared to some other cruise ships we came across). All that said, I think it's still reasonable value for money and I'll probably go on another cruise with them in 2018 or 2019.

2017 Arcadia World Cruise

Arcadia Cruise Review by DRSD

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Around the World
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
We chose this cruise after having been on the 2016 version which wasn't a full circumnavigation. This one was and it's cold in the UK in January.

Some comments follow:

1. Embarkation/disembarkation was very good. (We'd reached the top Peninsular Club tiers so it wouldn't be so good if you are below the Caribbean tier).

2. We had the same balcony cabin as last year. It was "OK". P&O regularly clean the balconies but it never makes much difference. They just range between slightly dirty and pretty mucky. The balcony chairs and tables never seemed to be clean.

3. The cabin steward was pleasant enough but there was never enough time in the day to properly clean all the cabins. I was never aware of our cabin being hoovered. When you store your suitcase under the bed there will be years of accumulated fluff on it when you need it again once your 4 months is up.

4. We had a table for two in the Meridian restaurant for our evening meals. The food was usually pretty bland but perfectly edible. (Apart from the frogs legs and rabbit that appeared on the menu a couple of times - I've no idea why P&O offer these). Overall, the food standards have slipped over the years. Oddly, the food seemed much better when we had lunch in the Meridian.

5. We ate once on the Ocean Grill, entirely thanks to a "freebee" from P&O. I thought I'd change from the usual steak option and had the Buffalo burger instead. I can't recommend it.

6. The port itinerary was generally very good. The Papua New Guinea visit was a waste of time though, but I think P&O only stop there to let the Australian Great Barrier Reef pilot off.

7. Our favourite ports were San Francisco, Sydney, Osaka, Nagasaki, Singapore and Aqaba (for Petra). Bora Bora (rained and not much there), Nha Trang (not much there) and all the UAE ones (courtesy coaches to Malls that were in the middle of nowhere) were disappointments. The worst was Colombo but that was because the courtesy coach dropped us at Mall with hardly any shops in it. Even the Arcadia crew, who were looking forward to what they called 'decent food', were more than a little disappointed. Looking at Colombo as we drove through it in the courtesy coach , there certainly looked to be much nicer places we should have been taken to.

8. We booked a limited number of Shore Excursions since we were well aware of the high P&O prices from previous cruises. Often it's possible to get to the same places P&O take you to for a tenth of the cost. Most of the excursions we did take were fine except for the Shanghai one where the rain just poured down. It didn't help that our bus was the one that didn't turn up on time.

9. We didn't visit the Palladium Theatre to be entertained during the whole cruise. I just do not like the Headliners and my past experiences of other acts has put me off going to the shows completely. (Yes, I know, other reviewers really rate the Headliners). I did watch some of the guest speakers on the in-cabin television and they were actually all very good.

10. I am proud to say that I did not go to any Sailaway party around the Aquarius Pool and I feel I'm a better person for that! (My wife went to one or two, but we never talk about it. She was probably just there because she needed a cigarette).

In summary, P&O standards have slipped a bit over the years.

There are various things that aren't just quite right with the cabins, the food, the entertainment and even the ship.(I forgot to mention that the bow of the Arcadia was looking pretty rusty compared to some other cruise ships we came across).

All that said, I think it's still reasonable value for money and I'll probably go on another cruise with them in 2018 or 2019.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
Cabin DE A131
Essentially the cabin was a good size and just about adequate for what we needed.
Our sofa did have drawers which we definitely needed to store some of the many things we seem to carry with us.I don't think that many of the cabins had this type of sofa.
There were some minor stains on the carpet and some 'trial' bits of fluff we left on the carpet were still there after our cabin had been cleaned. This wasn't much of a surprise given the number of cabins the steward has to clean.
Overall, I'd say the cabin was OK. Not luxurious, just OK.
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