Arrived at Southampton port, embarkation very well organised and efficient,when we arrived at our stateroom all our baggaged had been delivered much more efficient than our previous cruise with P+O on Artemis.
Arcadia is a very impressive ship very well appointed and clean.
Activities on board cover a good range if you want to get involved, with two pools, gym, cinema, theatre, deck games,line dancing, etc.
Service in the Meridian restaurant was first class could not fault it in any way, the food was also very good.
The Belvedere restaurant served a good variety of food during the day with a themed menu in the evening, this could get busy at peak times but we always managed to find a table.
We did not visit the Arcadian Rhodes as there was a cover charge of £15 a head or the Orchid Restaurant where there was also a cover charge of £10 a head which we thought was expensive on top of the price we paid for the cruise.
The port and shore excursions, Two of the ports we were scheduled for had to be changed due to an incident on board as a crew member was missing and we had to turn the ship round and retrace where we had sailed from as he was presumed lost overboard , he was eventually found on the ship but it was then too late to make Malaga and we ended up in Palermo Sicily, what a disappointment to say the least. Our last port of call was due to be Cadiz but due to bad weather
forecast in the Bay of Biscay the Captain decided to miss out Cadiz and head for LaHavre to make the journey more comfortable for passengers by missing the worst of the weather, although we did have two days of rough seas. Unfortunately it was a bank holiday in LaHavre so no shops were open.
Entertainment was very good. One seminar to avoid is 'Secrets to a flatter stomach'. You will be asked if you want to book a consultation after the talk, this will cost you £15.00 and he will measure your body fat mass etc.and advise on exercise. What is not mentioned in the seminar is that this is a ploy to sell a detoxifying Catalonian mud foot soak which will cost you £61 for a months supply. This is a very underhand method of selling. I came out of there feeling I had been misled into a selling situation.
As the trips are quite expensive I research on the internet and find you can do most of them a lot cheaper.