We'd not cruised for nearly 20 years, and this time had a (now) grown up 19 year old daughter and an 83 year old mother in tow. We chose the Baltic as I had Danish heritage and we wanted to go somewhere we'd not normally visit. We had connecting balcony cabins on E deck (E152/E156). The steward opened the balcony so we could share it, and we found the space and cabins really comfortable. Loved the food - mother had three course breakfast, lunch and dinner every day! We didn't need to go to the speciality restaurants, as we found the MDR excellent. We had a table for four near the stern with great views to starboard. The waiters (Peter, Lourenco and Sheila) were attentive and personable, and we got on really well with them. Mother, being less able these days, found the staff in the Belvedere buffet extremely helpful - they carried her tray to her table for her, and were excellent all round. The entertainment was really good - the Headliners' Bacharach and musical shows were great, the 'Two Guys One Piano' show was unique, funny and technically brilliant, and the opera singer was outstanding. Not so sure about the comedian, but I'm sure others enjoyed his routine. We went to the dance classes with Pamela and Peter - they were taxing but enjoyable. We were blessed with amazing weather throughout the cruise, and really enjoyed all the ports. We had P&O trips to St Petersburg, the beauty of which blew us away. Overall, despite the cost, we found the cruise excellent value for money and an overwhelmingly brilliant experience. We loved Arcadia - it's large but not 'too big', and we felt really comfortable. Only downside was the lack of daytime entertainment for our 19 year old. 'Knit and Natter' in the Crow's Nest, and 'Arthritis and Posture' talk are somewhat geared to the older crowd. We left feeling like we could do with two more weeks onboard and can't wait to cruise with P&O again. ...and you just have to do the journey into Stockholm!

Amazing two weeks in the Baltic

Arcadia Cruise Review by Flydavidjj

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
We'd not cruised for nearly 20 years, and this time had a (now) grown up 19 year old daughter and an 83 year old mother in tow. We chose the Baltic as I had Danish heritage and we wanted to go somewhere we'd not normally visit.

We had connecting balcony cabins on E deck (E152/E156). The steward opened the balcony so we could share it, and we found the space and cabins really comfortable.

Loved the food - mother had three course breakfast, lunch and dinner every day! We didn't need to go to the speciality restaurants, as we found the MDR excellent. We had a table for four near the stern with great views to starboard. The waiters (Peter, Lourenco and Sheila) were attentive and personable, and we got on really well with them.

Mother, being less able these days, found the staff in the Belvedere buffet extremely helpful - they carried her tray to her table for her, and were excellent all round.

The entertainment was really good - the Headliners' Bacharach and musical shows were great, the 'Two Guys One Piano' show was unique, funny and technically brilliant, and the opera singer was outstanding. Not so sure about the comedian, but I'm sure others enjoyed his routine.

We went to the dance classes with Pamela and Peter - they were taxing but enjoyable.

We were blessed with amazing weather throughout the cruise, and really enjoyed all the ports. We had P&O trips to St Petersburg, the beauty of which blew us away.

Overall, despite the cost, we found the cruise excellent value for money and an overwhelmingly brilliant experience. We loved Arcadia - it's large but not 'too big', and we felt really comfortable.

Only downside was the lack of daytime entertainment for our 19 year old. 'Knit and Natter' in the Crow's Nest, and 'Arthritis and Posture' talk are somewhat geared to the older crowd.

We left feeling like we could do with two more weeks onboard and can't wait to cruise with P&O again.

...and you just have to do the journey into Stockholm!
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