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3 P&O Cruises Arcadia Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Mediterranean

We have always wanted to sail on Arcadia so for our 35th wedding anniversary that is what we decided to do. We chose this particular cruise because it was a discovery cruise with new destinations we had not visited before and we were not ... Read More
We have always wanted to sail on Arcadia so for our 35th wedding anniversary that is what we decided to do. We chose this particular cruise because it was a discovery cruise with new destinations we had not visited before and we were not disappointed. Embarkation went well, straight through and onboard in under 10 minutes ( probably because we were the last coach to arrive having been held up waiting for 2 passengers). Our aft facing cabin was very comfortable and was kept nice and clean by our cabin steward Ajay. Our only complaint about the cabin was the grubby glass on the balcony, it was in need of a good scrubbing not just a wipe over. We found the service in the MDR to be very slow and miserable, when asked for a table for two on our second visiit (and last) we were taken to a table for four, when this was queried the waiter turned and walked away leaving us standing there like lemons. When he returned he took us to another table for four but said we could have it for two?? Yes we were confused as well! The buffet was not much better. Food was ok depending on what you had but not always hot. Thank goodness for The Ocean Grill! Yes you had to pay a service charge but the food and the service was amazing. The entertainment was good, the Headliners were the best we have seen and the comedian Fogwell Flax was brilliant! Disembarkation is another story, it was an absolute shambles. They crammed too many people into the Meridian dining room, no numbers given out and we were held there for 1 1/2 hours - not good!! Would I sail with P&O again - yes Would I sail on Arcadia again - no, she is not the best ship on the fleet by far Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We went on our first cruise with our daughter and their four children, we chose the Ventura thinking it was large so have plenty to do. We live in Southampton area so also a benefit. The embarkation went very smoothly although one lady ... Read More
We went on our first cruise with our daughter and their four children, we chose the Ventura thinking it was large so have plenty to do. We live in Southampton area so also a benefit. The embarkation went very smoothly although one lady attendant did tell my husband to keep moving when he stopped fo a breather when walking through the departure loung which we felt quite rude as he is a very poorly man. We had a four birth inside cabin and shared with our 16 and 17 year old grandsons which was fine apart from once the two ladders are in position for the top bunks you need to be a bit agile so that you can move under them to lower bunks, cabin was however fine. We found that the ship was too big for my husband as it was too much walking to get to the restaurants and theatres etc so we borrowed a wheel chair which was a big help however the lifts are very busy at meal times in the evening so you can wait with frustration as lifts come and go with no room for a wheelchair. The theatre was popular so you need to get there as soon as you have finished your meal, we were first sitting and found that we should leave the restaurant by 8 pm to get along to the theatre for the show. Sadly there was very little for our two grandsons to do so they were quite bored, Internet was too expensive so we didn't get that though it would have helped. It said on the itinerary football but when they went there adults were playing tennis in the area, I think this was due to there being only a handful of their age group on board. There were a few films on but for children only Jungle Book one afternoon and a Skywars film which they are not into. The two smaller children that our daughter had in their cabin had a wonderful holiday and really enjoyed the children's clubs every day however she was able to put them in at 2 pm for the afternoon but the adult film started at 1.30 so they couldn't even see that. The restaurant food was nice but repetitive on the Ventura though I'm told by avid cruisers that other ships had not been so repetitive. The free dinning food was all nice as well though finding a table for a large group can be tiring. Soft drinks for the children were expensive even if you buy a drinks card. All the staff on the ship were very attentive and couldn't do enough for you, cabins were kept clean and bedding changed if the smallest mark was seen on any of the bedding. Our daughter and the children have said they will never do another cruise however my husband and I are going to try one more on a smaller ship just to see how they compare. By the way they provide shuttle busses at every port but don't just jump on it and pay £4 each way as sometimes it's not far to walk. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
we were on this ship last year and had a good time all round, food, staff, entertainment etc.  we could not be leave we were on the same ship this time.  Dreadful place to arrive in, like a shed.  No signs leading you to your ship. One ... Read More
we were on this ship last year and had a good time all round, food, staff, entertainment etc.  we could not be leave we were on the same ship this time.  Dreadful place to arrive in, like a shed.  No signs leading you to your ship. One lane only to the shed where you parked, disabled people really struggling, have never in 20 years of cruising with PO seen any thing like it . Cabin clean and very friendly cabin girl. Toilet problems every day all along our part of the deck, cabin toilet overflowed all over bathroom floor, no one came to clean the floor, even after it was reported. Food was cold, overcooked or undercooked, and rushed to a point of rudeness in the main restaurant, hardly any choices, drab and tasteless, so we went to restaurant on top of ship, in only to get some vegetable's, again it was not good, but far better then main restaurant. The entertainment worst we have ever known, Headliners are always so good, complete disappointment, 2 of the male singers could not sing a note, and the whole 18 days became very boring, we always looked forward to a show etc at night, never had so many early nights in my life. Cabin entertainment was also very bad. People were coughing all over the ship, which was very worrying, I have now found out this is very common on this ship, and known for the Arcadia cabin cough, (charming) 2 days after we returned from the cruise mu husband wad dreadfully ill, and became critical, emergency doctors, and ambulance. He had Legionaries decease and pneumonia, lost a stone and 6lbs in 10 days. We have written to PO twice to inform them what has happened, in the hope that if there was some thing wrong in our cabin they could check it out, so no body else got it. We have received no phone calls from them, no letters, and no response at all. We have cruised with them for over 20 years, and can not be leave there lack of response to this very serious matter. Shame on you PO, and you should look at the dreadful reports you are getting on this ship, I wish we had read them before we booked. Can not tell you how unhappy and extremely disappointed we are.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Arcadia Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 3.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.4
Enrichment 3.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 4.0 3.7

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