Arcadia,embarked Southampton 05 January; 1900 on board, mostly Brits with 400 Aussies going home on the return leg of a World Cruise.
No virus on board, unlike the Vic,it stayed that way. The officers and crew took every precaution in a friendly and persuasive way.
Bay of Biscay, into wind Force 11 going to 12, waves 12 metres high.
Speed slowed, Due to the weather and possible damage to ship.
Captain cancelled first stop Azores, This gave an extra sea day.
Onto Barbados, where most passengers just stretched their legs.
Then Aruba, crystal blue sea, spent the day on beach with the show's Headliner Dancers Needed to go to the clinic after that! Taxi to beautiful public beach for six people $30 each way.
The ship's crew did a big build up on Panama Canal
.Loved the experience, in at 0800 hours, out 1700 hours with commentary by Canal Historian. Fair to say no client disappointed.
Then Acapulco for the day. Eight Brits took a sight see with a local guide in his people carrier, Saw the Acapulco homes of the famous ( 1940ish stars).
Total cost , one third of price for the ship excursions to same places.
San Francisco on 24 January and back to Heathrow, upgraded on BA.
Belvedere Buffet food okay, but Trevor the Chief Executive Chef,
had it laid out like school dinners with hot Brit pudding available every day even in 32C! Always dour, not many smiles in the Chefs Meridian parade. The Meridian restuarant staff were patient, kind and considerate.
Headliners Show's were the best we have seen on 12 cruises.
Four quizzes every day, plus " The Battle of the Sexes", men versus women at lunch time on sea days. Ladies built a tremendous lead due football being shown at same time. However, the men recovered to win by 203 to 202.
This was because the final quiz had questions put forward by the Ladies to the Men and vice versa. Try being aware of the Chief Security Officer's surname and name the food and beverage computer program. Answer Crunch Time.