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Arcadia Cruise Review by Pearl Lady

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Member Name: Pearl Lady
Cruise Date: June 2013
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Cabin Category: DB
Cabin Number: C157
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates Not Rated
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Traditional Cruising

We were first time P&O cruisers and found the cabin to be almost identical with all of our previous cruises. We were however disappointed with the food. We were lucky that we had a lovely table in the dining room for dinner with two other couples who were great company it was a pity the food did not match. If they stuck to British classics done well we would have been happy as that was what we were expecting but what we were served was an Indian version which really didn't work that well.

Also the service in the dining room at breakfast was quite surly. Eggs Benedict was only available on a Monday morning, it was good but only once a week? Lunch at the buffet was very limited. How about a decent sandwich? On a positive note afternoon tea in both the main dining room and at the buffet was terrific, so I know they can do good food but not consistently.

We also found the formality of dinner dressing a little old fashioned.

We saw very few shows as we had dinner at 8.30 and the show was on at 10.30. On previous cruisers late diners have the option of seeing a show earlier while the early diners are eating.

We enjoyed the bars and found the drinks well priced. The wines available in the restaurant were excellent and also good value.

Ports were great but we were docked well away from the cities and although we were provided with an efficient free shuttle bus service at most ports this took up valuable port time.

We took a couple of ship shore excursions. One was a city tour of Stockholm, which was very poor value at 47 but one we did in Germany of Schwerin was very good.

Despite some negative comments I would recommend this cruise but mainly for those who like traditional cruising.

Publication Date: 08/09/13
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