Embarked Arcadia Ship Southampton 5th January 2011. for World Cruise lasting 84 days. No problems with embarkment, from arrival to embarkment 45minutes.
I dont want to bore you with loads of text, so i will let you know what we thought was good and what was disappointing for us.
Please dont get me wrong when you read our disappointments, as we really enjoyed ourselves, however, it is just a shame that they cant get some of the easy and simple things right!! Majority of time thoroughly enjoyed, and i myself was fed up of the moaners and groaners on the cruise.... but i really would like people who are interested to know!
My first disappointment was the size of the so called `Suite`,( AD Category Aft )having paid 40,000 sterling for suite accommodation, (for this trip of a lifetime!) we were shown to a little larger than average double bedroom. I always thought that a suite provided you with a bedroom, and some sort of separate sitting area, but this wasnt the case. Dont be fooled by the video or 360o views of rooms. (they look twice the size in pics and video`s). There was a small sofa, and table but they touched the bed, so we had to ask for the chairs to be removed so we had some space. Wish i had paid half this price and had a normal balcony room, which were only slightly smaller.
We had to request that our balcony be painted, most of the balcony area was full of rust, with regular leaking water from outside pipes.Having said this, they did paint it when brought to their attention.
If you didnt fancy dressing up to go to Main Restaurant (which you can imagine happened for us, during 84 nights)it it was off to the Belvedere. Food in Belvedere (Main Buffet Cafe Grill) was of good quality, however, in the evening it was extremely limited, ( plentiful at breakfast and lunch) just one counter open. (similar to school dinners lol) So if you didnt like the themed menu (which was very restrictive) ie. Pasta one night, Curry another, seafood another, but only one theme per night, you would have to go back and order room service, which again was very limited and most of the dishes on the room service menu, were chargeable, can you believe that!!!!! Because I couldnt! after paying 500.00 per night!
Entertainment: Almost non- existent in the day. I think we seen the Cruise Director 4 times in the whole cruise???? Very Poor. (Considering we had so many sea days, travelling one ocean to another)
A couple of good Acts during the night in the Palladium. Few and Far between. And in 84 days we had approx 3 days where they provided some sort of entertainment around the outdoor Aquarius pool,
The bar, service and cabin staff were excellent, always friendly and accommodating.
Ports of Call where great and tours were well organised! Staff were extremely friendly!!!
But overall had a great time visiting many beautiful countries and Islands. Although, we may think of booking with P&O again, they wouldnt be my first choice and we wont be rushing..... id rather go with other liners who are not so penny pinching!!!