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Initially, we chose this cruise because it was quite cheap and we could pay monthly. As the time for the cruise drew nearer I was quite nervous because I'd seen some bad reviews for the ship. My fears soon vanished when we arrived ... Read More
Initially, we chose this cruise because it was quite cheap and we could pay monthly. As the time for the cruise drew nearer I was quite nervous because I'd seen some bad reviews for the ship. My fears soon vanished when we arrived at the terminal. Embarkation was simple and quick and we were soon in our room. The cabin was much larger than I expected, very roomy and plenty of storage space. We had a great room steward, Thomas, who looked after the cabin really well. We had a meal in the Belvidere Buffet which was excellent. Later we went to the Meridian restaurant where we introduced to our waiters Joe and Lee. The food and service were absolutely fantastic, every single day. I can't praise the service highly enough, nothing was too much trouble and the food was so lovely. The Palladium Theatre was excellent and provided first-rate entertainment from the Headliners and various other entertainers. The ship talks were interesting and varied. Gym facilities are excellent and there are free dance classes. The spa is lovely and I had an excellent series of acupuncture sessions with Koko and learned a great deal about Chinese medicine. The two pools are excellent, especially the whirlpools. There are several excellent bars and the Globe does some very interesting talks too. The library is good. The shore excursions were fabulous and good value for money, especially the Corfu and Sardinian ones. Was there anything I disliked??? Yes, there was, the cruise had to end. It was an experience of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I write this review because of the absence of reviews prior to booking. It is only my second cruise, the first being Norwegian Fjords on Britannia 2018, which was perfect in every way. OK, so to start, remembering my first cruise was on ... Read More
I write this review because of the absence of reviews prior to booking. It is only my second cruise, the first being Norwegian Fjords on Britannia 2018, which was perfect in every way. OK, so to start, remembering my first cruise was on a very new ship, the bar was set very high. My first impressions were 'not as good as Britannia, bit tired, not a glamorous, or big'. This lasted for a day, and then I started to really like the ship and accept that she is just a bit older, so bound to be less perfect. It was spotlessly clean, with the same amazing shows, service, quality of food. Would I go on her again? Definitely. We had a balcony room D41 which was perfectly placed. I used the gym 10 out of the 14 day cruise - well equipped and never busy, and right at the front of the ship looking out to sea. We ate in the Select Dining Sinduh and Ocean Grill a couple of times - superb, especially Sinduh. We had freedom dining and ate around 8 to 8.30 each evening. We generally got a table for 4 straight way, but on a couple of occasions, were given a blepper to call you when a table was ready. This all worked perfectly, and was exactly as we had expected. We went to St Petersberg, and I can recommend it big time, I would also recommend the ship. It is also an adult only ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We had selected this cruise as many people do for a specific celebration, in our case a 30th wedding aniversary. We had also wanted to go to Russia. Having read some of the previous reviews I was a little apprehensive, but they were wide ... Read More
We had selected this cruise as many people do for a specific celebration, in our case a 30th wedding aniversary. We had also wanted to go to Russia. Having read some of the previous reviews I was a little apprehensive, but they were wide of the mark in my view. Yes the ship does look like you would expect it to having spent 25 years in salt water and all weathers, but it is well looked after and cared for. The staff were attentive but not at all pushy, food was very good both in the Belveder / Lido. We had chosen first sitting 6.30 in the main restaurant the Meriden menus every night were varied and the food of a very high standard, service was spot on. The entertainment was of a very high standard, especially the Headliners shows very much West End standard,as well as a great choice of things to do on sea days. The cabin was very good, only negative was just one socket- but this was not a problem. Tea and coffee and a plentiful supply of milk was excellent. Shore excursions were excellent especially in St Petersburg and Riga. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this ship because we have a world cruise booked on her in January 2020 (she was the only P&O ship available for a world cruise). We wanted to test the water so to speak by booking this 3 day mini cruise where we had the same ... Read More
We chose this ship because we have a world cruise booked on her in January 2020 (she was the only P&O ship available for a world cruise). We wanted to test the water so to speak by booking this 3 day mini cruise where we had the same cabin we have booked on the world cruise. We were very pleasantly surprised, Arcadia is a lovely ship, smaller in size than we are accustomed to but we actually preferred it. It's much friendlier than larger ships where you actually talk to someone and then run in to them again on another day! The organization from embarkation through to disembarkation including a trip ashore by tender was amazing and hassle-free. The cabin (de luxe balcony) was very clean and comfortable, the entertainment was fabulous and the staff were always very polite and couldn't do enough to please. To be honest we weren't too impressed with the quality of the food in the Meridian restaurant although it was quite acceptable and I also found that the air conditioning throughout the ship was a bit severe. We were unable to turn it off in the cabin and there was no dressing gown provided, but to be fair I am a person who feels the cold very much and absolutely hates air conditioning. Nothing is ever perfect and this ship is the closest you will get I'm sure and we can't wait to sail on her again in January. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We loved our cruise of the Baltic on board the Arcadia. Having been disappointed by many aspects of life on Britannia we were a little apprehensive about another P&O ship. We didn’t need to worry Arcadia met up to all our ... Read More
We loved our cruise of the Baltic on board the Arcadia. Having been disappointed by many aspects of life on Britannia we were a little apprehensive about another P&O ship. We didn’t need to worry Arcadia met up to all our expectations. We were surprised to find out that the ship had actually been built for the Holland America Line which we love and several aspects of the ships Design were clearly echoing what we have grown to expect on Holland America. The food was very good but not outstanding. The entertainment was excellent with the Headliners the best troop we have seen on any ship. The ship was spacious with plenty of places to find a quiet spot to relax. All in all we would definitely travel on the ship again and loved the relaxed friendly atmosphere on board. The Baltic itinerary was excellent with lots of interesting ports of call . Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Arcadia is an Adult only ship which suits me. Took my mum and a friend and we shared an inside cabin which was larger than many inside ones. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, very little queuing. This was our 1st time on ... Read More
Arcadia is an Adult only ship which suits me. Took my mum and a friend and we shared an inside cabin which was larger than many inside ones. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, very little queuing. This was our 1st time on Arcadia and I was very pleasantly surprised. She is a lovely mid sized ship and easy to navigate round. I was worried initially after reading some of the reviews but I can honestly say that this was the nicest ship I have sailed on with P&O. We had no problems which affected us. If I wanted to be really picky, then some of the lifts were out of use and some of the ladies toilets were also out of order, but there were plenty others around the ship to use. The food was plentiful and tastefully served in the Meridian restaurant, our waiters were very good and attentive. Arcadia has a wonderful 3 tier theatre with comfortable seating and the Headliners entertainment team were the best I have seen on any P&O ship yet. We have another cruise booked on this ship in December and can't wait. Oh and also went through the Bay of Biscay which I always dread and for the 1st time EVER, never felt any movement and didn't have to wear my sea bands. One very happy passenger! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Decided to do the world as a ‘Well Why Not’ and wasn’t disappointed generally. Arcadia is a very stable ship in adverse weather conditions. Cabins were very comfortable, although a tad tired/well worn. Meals in Meridian Restaurant ... Read More
Decided to do the world as a ‘Well Why Not’ and wasn’t disappointed generally. Arcadia is a very stable ship in adverse weather conditions. Cabins were very comfortable, although a tad tired/well worn. Meals in Meridian Restaurant were excellent, think there was only one dish I disliked and that was me, not the restaurant’s choice. The Sindhu is totally delicious. Entertainment was very mixed. Mark Labett (The Chase) was particularly good as were the many talks by naturalist Nigel Marven. So many to chose from. The Headliners in my opinion weren’t up to much as the female lead singers always shouted rather than sang. The Runaround Kids were excellent just a pity they have a silly name. Too many jugglers and mind reader type acts, once is enough! Entertainment Manager Emma was very personable, the same could not be said of her counterpart when Emma was on leave. The excursions team were superb especially Sam and the ladies, the 2nd man wasn’t in the same way, not overly helpful or friendly. Sam’s port talks were quite outstanding. Most staff on board were courteous, very friendly and helpful particularly Manuel in Meridian and Elinore in Piano bar. My only complaint really was the coffee. That in the buffet was quite disgusting and undrinkable which meant I spent an absolute fortune on Costa cards/coffee. Dependant on the barista really whether a good or poor cup was dispensed. The quality was not consistent. Great room for improvement and a poor show that you can’t get a decent drink without having to pay for it - beverages I mean AND the fact you have to pay for water which is deplorable. Need water to live! As I have already said, the trip all in all was amazing but a bit of tweaking required. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We flew to Southampton a day early so that we could have a stress free embarkation the following day, this gave us the opportunity to have a look round the city. Embarkation was extremely smooth and we boarded Arcadia early. When we ... Read More
We flew to Southampton a day early so that we could have a stress free embarkation the following day, this gave us the opportunity to have a look round the city. Embarkation was extremely smooth and we boarded Arcadia early. When we first saw our cabin we were concerned where all of our clothes and possessions were going to go but in fact there was plenty of storage space and we were able to put everything away neatly and were quite happy with our "new home" for 2 months. This was our first cruise so being on a ship was totally new to us and we were very impressed. Our preferred dining option became the Meridian restaurant where we had club dining, which was on a fixed table in the second sitting. We initially thought this was a bit late (8.30pm) but in fact it worked out very well for us. Our waiter for the duration of the cruise was fantastic as were all the other staff, they work so hard and have some difficult passengers to deal with. There were plenty of activities to participate in if you wished. We enjoyed some talks and presentations, in particular, the Port and Shore excursion presentations by the very knowledgeable Sam and the nature/bird presentations by Nigel Marven. The Captain had various problems to deal with, including passengers ill-health and avoiding a cyclone in the South Pacific meaning we had to miss 2 ports. This was handled really well despite the Force 10 storm and safety obviously had to come first. Would we go on Arcadia again? Yes, it was a fantastic experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
The last time we went on Arcadia was before her refit so was pleasantly surprised when we saw her again and saw how sympathetically P&O had done the refurbishment. The ship always flowed naturally and even with the insertion of new ... Read More
The last time we went on Arcadia was before her refit so was pleasantly surprised when we saw her again and saw how sympathetically P&O had done the refurbishment. The ship always flowed naturally and even with the insertion of new rooms and a longer Rising Sun Pub which was always packaged. We had a deluxe balcony cabin which had also been refurbished and was nice. The only fault we have is the air conditioning which you can only switch higher or lower and not turn off completely. We had second seating for dining and a table for two which we prefer and had lovely waiters who couldn't do enough for you and there was always something on the menu you could have. The Headliners shows were the best on this ship to any that we have seen before. And this troop was superb. The other entertainment brought on where really hit & miss and only the Basetones and Bruce Parker were to my liking. There's was always something going on throughout the day and if you wanted something to do, there was always something there. Our ports of call were good and a couple we had not been to before. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Our first cruise & chosen as it covered the date of our 50th wedding anniversary. From start to finish we thoroughly enjoyed the experience, so much so that we have booked this ship for our next cruise. The cabin was comfortable, the ... Read More
Our first cruise & chosen as it covered the date of our 50th wedding anniversary. From start to finish we thoroughly enjoyed the experience, so much so that we have booked this ship for our next cruise. The cabin was comfortable, the crew extremely friendly & nothing was too much trouble. The the evening theatre cast " The Headliners" were very professional & put on some first class shows. Food was plentiful with a choice between the buffet & Meridian restaurant, we had early dining & found the menu covered every taste. Meals in the main were very good & the desserts far too tempting. There were plenty of activities to choose from depending on your taste. We didn't book any on-board shore excursions as we prefer to do our own thing. Enjoyed our ports of call but disappointed on missing out on the Azores but due adverse weather forecast the Captain had no choice but to change our last ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Fancied a short cruise, not been to the two places the Ship was calling at. Zeebrugge for Bruge or the Menin Gate. Amsterdam. Chose the Menin Gate and Tyne Cot Cemetery. Very very moving to see so many Grave Stones,puts life into ... Read More
Fancied a short cruise, not been to the two places the Ship was calling at. Zeebrugge for Bruge or the Menin Gate. Amsterdam. Chose the Menin Gate and Tyne Cot Cemetery. Very very moving to see so many Grave Stones,puts life into perspective. Due to high winds the Ship couldn’t dock at Amsterdam. Captain decided to call at Cherbourg. Not a great place to call at, but at short notice it was ok. The Ship was emaculate, there was always a member of Staff cleaning the toilets and surrounding areas. We chose the 8.45 evening sitting. Choice of Menue was first Class and of good quality. Staff very attentive. Good choice of food for breakfast. Now for the entertainment. Superb, I believe as good as any West End Show. In particular Mr Pinkertons Clock Circus. The Costumes, the special effects, outstanding. Singing world class. In fact the Show was that good the theatre gave the performers a standing ovation. Gary Barlow look alike so good he had the women up dancing Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The last time I sailed on Arcadia was five years ago. I’d blown some of my savings on a once-in-a-lifetime world cruise and loved every minute. The ports were fabulous and the service on board could not be faulted, but the ship didn’t ... Read More
The last time I sailed on Arcadia was five years ago. I’d blown some of my savings on a once-in-a-lifetime world cruise and loved every minute. The ports were fabulous and the service on board could not be faulted, but the ship didn’t win me over. Yes, I found the public areas spacious but Arcadia didn’t dazzle: the décor was bland, the styling unmemorable. Fast forward to 2018 and my opinion has changed. Last week I disembarked after 17 days in the Med and Arcadia has been transformed. Arcadia now sparkles. The carpets in creams, dark blues and reds are dramatic and chairs and sofas of modern design are comfortable. Pale blues and creams contrasts with rich maroon and together create an elegant and luxurious atmosphere akin to a 5-star hotel: adult-only Arcadia is no longer ordinary. PORTS Mid-October in the Mediterranean can sometimes be chilly and I made sure I packed a fleece. Needless to say, that decision guaranteed warm, sunny weather and most afternoons I swam in the Aquarius pool in temperatures around 23c. The open decks have plenty of sun loungers and there was never a problem finding one. Captain Martin Allen kept everyone well informed about our navigational progress and in most ports we were alongside before breakfast, leaving lots of time to explore ashore. The mixture of ports suited me perfectly and included cosmopolitan Barcelona, bustling Naples and oh-so-French Toulon. Cadiz is a favourite of mine and the walk from the ship into the warren of narrow streets takes only ten minutes. The cathedral is magnificent and well worth a visit, even though there is an entrance charge. Walk to the rear and you will be on the promenade, gazing out to a sparkling sea. The island of Elba was new to me. We were tendered into Portoferraio, a small walled town with side streets full of links to Napoleon Bonaparte who was banished there in 1814, before escaping a year later. On the front, bars and cafes line the harbour and by midday they were doing brisk business. Top tip: catch an early tender and see the town as the locals see it. Another favourite and a surprise to many, including me, was the fortified town of Ceuta situated across the Strait from Gibraltar. I didn’t have high expectations of this Spanish enclave but it’s a gem. Drivers patiently gave way to pedestrians and in the park, street cleaners smiled as they swept up autumn leaves. Not only that, a litre of gin cost me less than it did in Gibraltar earlier this year! Of the other ports, Messina in Sicily doesn’t excite me. Yes, the Clock Tower and the Cathedral are magnificent (located about a quarter of a mile from the berth) but that’s about it. Perhaps this is one place where an excursion is the best bet? Another top tip: avoid having a coffee in the cathedral square. You’ll be ripped off, paying treble the price in cafés along nearby streets. But overall this cruise offered an interesting itinerary and the late summer weather made every day a treat. ACCOMMODATION My balcony cabin was on D deck and – like most things on Arcadia – was spacious, with a full size sofa rather than one squashed into a corner as on many other ships. New mattresses are being introduced and I can confirm that they are extremely comfortable. In Paulito I had an excellent steward. He was was quiet and courteous, and responded immediately to requests, eg when water in the basin began to drain away only slowly, he had an engineer fix the problem before I returned on board. Do not expect a lot of drawer space, however. Wardrobes, yes – but not drawers. FOOD We were on First Sitting for Club Dining and Trevor Glass, the executive chef, inspired and delivered some excellent dinners. My favourite starter was the fried goat’s cheese crottin whilst of the main courses, the thyme grilled pork chop stood out – it was so tender that the meat simply pulled away from the bone. Importantly, hot food was always served on hot plates. House wines at £4.15 a glass matched my needs and that price is less than on many other ships. Desserts are my downfall – the lemon posset was wonderfully tangy and the chocolate ganache was properly sweet and creamy, made even better because James, our waiter, insisted we have vanilla ice cream with it. ACTIVITIES Activities on sea days included deck sports like quoits as well as numerous quizzes. There were guest speakers, bridge classes and – my favourite – daily art classes led by Sue Smith. Sue is not only a professional artist but also a patient teacher, which she needed to be in my case. Ebullient Entertainment Manager Alex Percival kept everyone up to date with each day’s programme and he made sure we didn’t miss classical recitals or guest artists like singer Ben Makisi in the theatre. And if all these choices were simply too much, a visit to senior loyalty manager Brooke and her team of Lewis and Chloe to check out a new low-deposit cruise provided a tempting alternative, and so did the prospect of one of those comfy chairs with a book from the well-stocked library. The Palladium theatre is as good as anything on dry land. There’s lots of knee room and most seats have clear view lines. If you cruise with P&O regularly you’ll probably know the shows quite well. But in the hands of a hugely talented company, they can still come alive and the Headliners on this cruise delivered fantastic performances. Best by far was the new musical, Mr Tickerton’s Clockwork Circus. The leading tenor was exceptional but it was the dancing that stole the show, with everything from trapeze artists to acrobats – even an elephant! And the finale - taken from the film The Greatest Showman - brought the audience to its feet. MY VIEW There are downsides to Arcadia as there are with any ship. The cinema is small - seats need to be booked in advance – and prices in the shops are often no cheaper than on the high street, but it’s the totality that matters. From the Captain and the Hotel General Manager to the young and cheerful hotel assistants dusting surfaces pre-dawn, the service and general ambience delivered a fine cruise experience. In January I board Oriana, one of my favourite P&O ships. I used to think that Arcadia could not compare but I’m no longer quite so certain. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I had sailing into New York Harbour on my yet to do bucket list, plus although we have covered much of Canada we had not touched the eastern side so this was an ideal choice. We have sailed on Arcadia before and enjoyed the fact that ... Read More
I had sailing into New York Harbour on my yet to do bucket list, plus although we have covered much of Canada we had not touched the eastern side so this was an ideal choice. We have sailed on Arcadia before and enjoyed the fact that it was child free. Because it was transatlantic both ways so a number of days at sea we chose to book a suite. The brochure description sounded great and we were given a choice. Booking in for suites and in our case Peninsular club entitlement we sailed straight through at Southampton and provided with a meal, champagne and wine so a great start. Our luggage was in the suite and we were greeted by both the Butler and cabin steward. The Cairo Suite was lovely, Wardrobes for both his and hers plus a dressing area and dressing table well lit in a separate area, wonderful. The bathroom was a good size with dual sinks storage for toiletries etc, separate shower and a full size whirlpool bath. The main area was a good size great bed, plenty of storage, nice comfortable arm chairs and settee plus table, desk etc. The balcony was a super size plenty of room for sunbeds chairs and table. Arcadia had not long had a refurbishment all done in great taste lovely colour schemes so no complaints there. Arcadia has a great walking deck, which allows you to walk right around the ship unlike some of the other P&O ships, this is particularly good. Unfortunately, the weather was not that kind to us so first two days in New York were wet, never the less we did go on the excursions, providing cover of everything we planned to see. Downside is as usual American Customs, everyone on the ship had to disembark and go to customs booths houses in the terminal and were not allowed back on until everyone had cleared customs, with the number of passengers and staff this took a lot of time and waiting around with insufficient seating. Some had booked an open bus tour and as it was pouring with rain, they all got very wet. Entertainment on the ship was good, unfortunately we had already seen some of the shows and Headliners had thank goodness started to embark on some new shows. I enjoyed the use of the SPA and salon facilities were were of good standard and not in my estimation too overpriced. Seeing more remote areas of Canada was really good we particularly enjoyed Halifax and Quebec. This cruise took in provinces of; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland so a great experience. If you take this cruise and go to Saguenay I can certainly recommend you book the show La Fabuleuse with P&O Excursions. This was totally amazing and incredible in fact totally fabulous. Do not miss this it is one you will never forget. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise as it took in 7 ports of call of interest. This was our 5th cruise with P&O but the first time on Arcadia. Weather was fine and calm which helped, but everything from food to entertainment was the best we have ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it took in 7 ports of call of interest. This was our 5th cruise with P&O but the first time on Arcadia. Weather was fine and calm which helped, but everything from food to entertainment was the best we have experienced. In the past some dishes in the restaurant were a little soggy such as chips and battered fish therefore we had avoided them but not so on this ship. Executive chef was Trevor Glass, well done to him and his team. Entertainment we saw most included Jo and Liv, Blue Wave and the Headliners all of which were excellent. Ship was well maintained and clean, staff very friendly and attentive, although there was the odd Arcadia pipe leak with a bucket under catching the water until repaired but don’t let this put you off. Thoroughly enjoyed by my wife and myself together with our friends who were first time cruisers. Mark W Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We'd not cruised for nearly 20 years, and this time had a (now) grown up 19 year old daughter and an 83 year old mother in tow. We chose the Baltic as I had Danish heritage and we wanted to go somewhere we'd not normally visit. ... Read More
We'd not cruised for nearly 20 years, and this time had a (now) grown up 19 year old daughter and an 83 year old mother in tow. We chose the Baltic as I had Danish heritage and we wanted to go somewhere we'd not normally visit. We had connecting balcony cabins on E deck (E152/E156). The steward opened the balcony so we could share it, and we found the space and cabins really comfortable. Loved the food - mother had three course breakfast, lunch and dinner every day! We didn't need to go to the speciality restaurants, as we found the MDR excellent. We had a table for four near the stern with great views to starboard. The waiters (Peter, Lourenco and Sheila) were attentive and personable, and we got on really well with them. Mother, being less able these days, found the staff in the Belvedere buffet extremely helpful - they carried her tray to her table for her, and were excellent all round. The entertainment was really good - the Headliners' Bacharach and musical shows were great, the 'Two Guys One Piano' show was unique, funny and technically brilliant, and the opera singer was outstanding. Not so sure about the comedian, but I'm sure others enjoyed his routine. We went to the dance classes with Pamela and Peter - they were taxing but enjoyable. We were blessed with amazing weather throughout the cruise, and really enjoyed all the ports. We had P&O trips to St Petersburg, the beauty of which blew us away. Overall, despite the cost, we found the cruise excellent value for money and an overwhelmingly brilliant experience. We loved Arcadia - it's large but not 'too big', and we felt really comfortable. Only downside was the lack of daytime entertainment for our 19 year old. 'Knit and Natter' in the Crow's Nest, and 'Arthritis and Posture' talk are somewhat geared to the older crowd. We left feeling like we could do with two more weeks onboard and can't wait to cruise with P&O again. ...and you just have to do the journey into Stockholm! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Carolyn & I chose this cruise after booking in Aug 2017 to cruise to the Azores on Adonia. We enjoyed our first ever cruise on Adonia in Aug 2012. P & 0 sold Adonia early in 2018 & so we looked an alternative. We had sailed on ... Read More
Carolyn & I chose this cruise after booking in Aug 2017 to cruise to the Azores on Adonia. We enjoyed our first ever cruise on Adonia in Aug 2012. P & 0 sold Adonia early in 2018 & so we looked an alternative. We had sailed on Arcadia to the Fjords in June 2016 & so happily booked on her again. We stayed overnight at the Chilworth Manor and embarked at 12:30. We were seated for lunch in the Meridian by 1:00 and enjoyed a very pleasant buffet in good company. Our cabin with luggage was ready by 1:45. We use cabin B94, a mini suite. As ever the cabin was well-presented and very clean. The lifeboat muster meeting was managed efficiently and we were able to enjoy sailing away on the Aquarius Deck. As we got the ready for dinner we opened our champagne & enjoyed the canapés. Our choice for dining was freedom dining. We happily took a pager on the first night before enjoying a drink in the Piano Bar. The Meridian table manager apologies for putting us on table 1, but we are glad he did. The table 1 team of Esteven, Francis & Janine were friendly, attentive & work to an excellent standard of service. We used the pager on 11 more nights & always asked for,and were seated at table 1. The menus were consistently varied and interesting. I enjoy fish as my main course & had fish such Arctic char, witch sole. stone bass and sea bream. Carolyn enjoys soups and meat main courses and she was not disappointed. The vegetables were always cooked correctly. Desserts were tempting & delicious as was the Stilton and port! We ate once in Sindhu and had the Tasting Menu which was very good and used Belvedere for the Indian buffet on the 60s/70s night, again the food was great. We enjoyed leisurely breakfasts in Meridian, but used Belvedere when we went on early excursions. The variety & quality was good. Belvedere also did very light scones to enjoy with an afternoon cuppa. We enjoyed the entertainment in the bars, particularly Liv and Jo and the Misty Blues. Our favourite bar for late drinks was the Crow's Nest. All the ports and shore excursions were very interesting. The first port of Skagen at the very northerly tip of Jutland, Denmark was beautiful and well worth an early start that meant we were on the beach watching the North Sea & Baltic merge by 8:00 am, Some people we spoke to were not impressed by Skagen & questioned why the port had been visited. I think the Danish authorities insist on another Danish port if a cruise wants to visit Copenhagen. If so that is a good trade off! Our 2nd port was Stockholm & we awoke at 6:00 to enjoy the sail through the Stockholm Archipelago. We spotted a sea otter, 2 large birds of prey, cormorants, shags and lots of noisy crows on the increasingly inhabited islands as we approached the city. Our excursion was on the Ocean Bus which was entertaining & informative. We were able to enjoy coffe and cake in Stortorget before exploring the Gamla Stan in the afternoon. We saw the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace. We visited the Storkyrken before a well-earned drink in the sun. The shuttle back to Arcadia was well-organised. The evening cruise in the Archipelago was like an extra excursion. P & O wisely swapped the days of the visits to Helsinki & Tallinn to avoid the Putin/Trump summit. We visited Porvoo Old Town to explore the media all streets, make purchases at a chocolate shop and visit the Lutheran Cathedral. Coffee and cold drinks at the Glassikon cafe near the Cathedral is highly recommended. In the afternoon we visited Haikko Manor, a very upmarket hotel and spa on an an inlet from the Baltic. There is a strong Romanov connection with the Manor which had beautiful rooms, grounds & views, as well as sticky buns! The weekend port was St Petersburg. I was pleased to wake early to see Kotlin Island, the home of the Kronstadt Naval Base. There was a mutiny there in 1921 & the Red Army walked out on the ice to deal harshly with the mutineers. We expected a long & tiresome process to go ashore, but the process through a relatively new cruise terminal was ok. Out first excursion was Panoramic St Petersburg which gave photo opportunities for all the main sights. Tatiana, guide was very good. She told jokes and gave us all Russian lesson. My highlight was visiting the cruiser Aurora. Arcadia was berthed less than a mile from the Krestovsky Stadiam where England played Belgium. The stadium lights changed colour and looked spectacular near a new bridge and the Lakota Tower the tallest building in Europe. In the evening we went to the ballet to enjoy Swan Lake in one of the oldest theatres in the city. The building was spectacular and the performance was brilliant! On Sunday morning we had a champagne breakfast in our cabin, though we saved the champagne for the evening. Fruit, cheese, cold meats, pastries with tea & coffee was more than enough & we saved some pastries for elevenses! In the afternoon we went on the Peter Paul Fortress and River cruise excursion. Once again Yuri, the guide, was insightful, amusing and very efficient as he moved the tour through the Fortess on a very hot day. The prison was fascinating and the Cathedral contained the tombs of the Romanov Family, including the Royal Family who were killed at Ekaterinburg in 1918. We sailed for Tallinn on Sunday evening & got even better views of Kotlin Island before dinner. We were berthed at Tallin by 6:30 and was able get photos of the medieval town from the deck before the Costa Magica moored alongside us! The day was to be a hot one. Gregor, the guide, provided a real understanding of Estonia's history. The highlight was a recital of medieval music in one of the many churches in the Old Town. Tallinn was very busy! 4 ships were in port all larger than Arcadia. Perhaps the Helsinki summit added to the congestion, but as Gregor said at least we understood how busy a medieval Baltic port town would have been centuries ago. I know modern Tallinn smells nicer than the Old Town would have been! Our penultimate port was to be Copenhagen.We arrived at the Langeline Cruise Terminal by by 10 am. We had visited Copenhagen in 2011 for a city break & so opted to visit Frederiksberg Castle at Hillerod & Kronborg Castle at Helsingor. Both sites have convinced us to visit again one day. The drive back to the city was along the Strandvej, th richest road in Denmark. It's 40 km of prime property, small harbours and attractive beaches. We had time for a stroll near the Kastellet and have a coffee and a Holly bar before going aboard. Oslo was to be the final port. The 60 km long & provided a great introduction to a lively city. We took the Fjord cruise on the old boat Helena. The commentary by the guide who had studied at Lincoln Uni took us through 10000 years of history. A prawn buffet lunch with a glass of rose & a cold was most enjoyable. The new Opera House is spectacular and the view from the Fjord gave beautiful panoramas on another stunning day of weather. The Helena returned to its mooring below the Akershus Fort which we visted to take in different views and an outdoor drama performance of a 19th tear jerker! We then moved on to the Slottsparken via the Raadshussen and historic ships moored nearby. The park at the Royal Palace provided welcome shade and we too photos of very healthy hydrangeas and other attractive plants. We made our way back to the Aker Brygge after coffee, cold drinks & cake in an air conditioned cafe! The bars & restaurants, including Jamie's Italian & TGI Friday, in the modern development on the Aker Brygge were all doing great business! I was disappointed that the Seaside Bar had run out of Norwegian beer and had to choose between a Carlsberg or a Kronenburg! There was plenty of prosecco for Carolyn! The evening cruise out to sea did not disappoint on a beautiful evening with a very bright half moon. The 2 sea days back to Southampton were enjoyed in fine weather on calm seas. We packed slowly, took the opportunity to catch up our reading, had swims, played quoits & golf and enjoyed a very tasty afternoon tea in Meridian. All the staff in all departments of the ship were friendly, polite, helpful and efficient. Roly, our cabin steward, was particularly helpful throughout. This cruise was only our 3rd in 6 years all with P & O. As you will probably have seen by reading our review we still get excited about the experience & thoroughly enjoy our time at sea. I appreciate that some will take issue with some of our comments, but it takes all sorts! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I've been to the Fjords of Norway twice but never get bored of its stunning natural beauty. This cruise didn't disappoint. Arcadia is a lovely ship. Understated decor with a small atrium yes, but has a real wow factor from the ... Read More
I've been to the Fjords of Norway twice but never get bored of its stunning natural beauty. This cruise didn't disappoint. Arcadia is a lovely ship. Understated decor with a small atrium yes, but has a real wow factor from the outside, handles the seas extremely well being a Vista Class vessel and has a lovely blend of restaurants and amenities on board She's classy and elegant without feeling ostentatious or old fashioned. Tastefully refreshed after a dry-dock, she is looking and feeling great but could still do with a focal point in the Atrium to really set it off.... Having sailed numerous times on Cunard's Queen Victoria, P&O's Britannia, Aurora, Azura and Ventura, this is my 7th time on Arcadia making her my favourite by a mile. It was true to say this particular cruise attracted an older crowd, but most ages were present (I am 37!) and they all seemed a happy and bright bunch, happy with the ship and its undoubtedly happy and attentive crew. Some lovely touches both in terms of service and little extras which were appreciated and enjoyed. Only couple of things that were sad to see were a few buckets catching some leaks from the ceiling of Deck 2, and silly unnecessary stuck on signs warning about glass doors where ever we went - due to some half wit walking into one once and threatening to sue P&O no doubt. Ignore any moaners and myths about 'Arcadia' Cough etc - all just complete rubbish. I will never tire of this ship, and look forward to many more cruise on her in the future including a full World Cruise in a couple of years time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We were a party of four (aged 59, 60 & 70). We've tried to list the many highlights (of which they were lots) and to give a balanced review some things we think could be different (not many I can assure you). So here's ... Read More
We were a party of four (aged 59, 60 & 70). We've tried to list the many highlights (of which they were lots) and to give a balanced review some things we think could be different (not many I can assure you). So here's a go...... Embarkation - so quick meaning our holiday started immediately Staff - second to none especially the Waiters in the Meridian Restaurant (Saviour & Prakash). Ship - loved everything Entertainment - great team and the Headlines were superb Food - loved it - mainly ate in the Meridian but tried the Buffet and enjoyed that too Sindhu - loved it we went several times. Ports - all great.......cant say our favourite as enjoyed them all. Sail away parties - great fun Some things to improve or change.... Make the Taormina excursion longer - think this could be done easily Coach to Dubrovnik - we had a cab at a fraction of the price and right outside the Ship pick up and drop off Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise as my mum isn’t very mobile and we didn’t plan to do excursions. Our mini suite was very large and well presented. Our cabin was kept pristine by Javier. The food in all areas was really good and the wine ... Read More
We chose this cruise as my mum isn’t very mobile and we didn’t plan to do excursions. Our mini suite was very large and well presented. Our cabin was kept pristine by Javier. The food in all areas was really good and the wine was . We had a number of extras. I had a hair pamper day which was really good value for money. We also had a spa day and as it was a day we were in port we had it all to ourselves, which was rather nice. There was various entertainments every day and you would find it hard to say there wasn’t something for everyone, from bingo and quizzes to plays and musicals. My mum isn’t very good in her pins and the staff in all areas couldn’t have been more attentive and helpful. I wouldn’t hesitate to book with P&O again. Thank you to all. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was our first time cruise, we chose the Norwegian Fjords as it was short cruise in case we did'nt like it.We loved it .The embarkation was smooth although our check in time was three we were able to board the boat early at two o ... Read More
This was our first time cruise, we chose the Norwegian Fjords as it was short cruise in case we did'nt like it.We loved it .The embarkation was smooth although our check in time was three we were able to board the boat early at two o clock no bother.Our cabin was spotless great start, our cabin steward introduce herself made us feel very welcome.We chose freedom dinning although the food was excellent we thought the waiters could of had better customer service a smile would of been nice.We use the Belevere restaurant after this found the staff much more polite.We also tried the fine dinning it was fabulous the staff there were really nice,food was out of this world.We also opt for room service in the morning for breakfast and the waiter who serve us every morning was cheerful always asking about our day really friendly.we thought the entertainment was good although you had to get there early to get a seat especially the early one.The ports we visited was great except the last one Haugesung it was very disappointing maybe we should of booked an excursion for this one,never mind.Although when we arrived at this port a jazz band was playing and when we left a brass band which was brilliant.The Fjords themselves was breathtaking.We will definitely go on another cruise trying to decide which one now. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have sailed with several companies and overall decided as we were going to be on board for 52 nights on P&O because it is less formal than some, although the food choice is more limited than others. We had a fabulous time and ... Read More
We have sailed with several companies and overall decided as we were going to be on board for 52 nights on P&O because it is less formal than some, although the food choice is more limited than others. We had a fabulous time and generally everyone on board was extremely helpful and polite. The entertainment was excellent with very interesting lectures and port reviews. We found that the excursions offered something for everyone. Just a few words of warning! If you are embarking in Brisbane, be warned that their are 2 ports and if you get it wrong, it will cost you over £100 in taxi fares! No one seems to know this and several of the P&O staff told us that everybody goes to the wrong port!!!! Well, having paid £100 to get to the right port, we did not see the funny side. Having got over this, the staff were so helpful and friendly, but our rating will be low. Our cabin balcony, D117, left a lot to be desired. Not only was it not clean on our arrival and nor did it get cleaned for our trip, but on several days, it smelt so badly that we could not open the door. We complained several times but were given different stories, such as, it depended which way the wind was blowing/the life boats smelt etc. Finally, we investigated ourselves, found a vent on Deck 3 from an 'engine' room, asked a passing engineer and found that this was the problem. We then reported this back and were given £100 off our bill! We do not get the feeling that this will be investigated anytime soon. And finally and this actually upset us the most! Having had a fabulous relationship with our cabin steward, on the last night of our trip, he took it upon himself to remove our remaining personal items from the cupboards so he could clean the cabin for the next passengers who would be joining the following day. Now on several levels this cannot be right. 1. We paid for that night. 2. That doesn't seem very hygienic as we are still using the cabin and 3. We do not appreciate our toiletries etc. being placed in our bags. We have complained, twice about this, but have heard nothing back, hence our comments here. Not good enough. P&O, we can forgive certain things and we do think you are brilliant overall, but PLEASE LISTEN when we report a problem. Sometimes, it's not what goes wrong that causes anxiety, it's the way it's dealt with. Hence rating underneath. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We recently completed Arcadia’s Western Circumnavigation – 99 nights, 100 days, a Super Blue Blood Moon and around 40,000 statute miles. A totally splendid voyage, many thanks to the crew and all the friends that we made. We hope the ... Read More
We recently completed Arcadia’s Western Circumnavigation – 99 nights, 100 days, a Super Blue Blood Moon and around 40,000 statute miles. A totally splendid voyage, many thanks to the crew and all the friends that we made. We hope the following will be of help to other travellers; In no particular order; • Our inside cabin had limited storage especially in the bathroom – on a long voyage consider taking hanging shelves, you can also stash loads of stuff under the bed. • The cabin walls are metal, you can stick up notes, pictures or a world map with fridge magnets. • Food – generally excellent with lots and lots of choice, we settled into a routine and sometimes just enjoyed a freshly made, plain sandwich. Formal dinners were excellent, you simply do not go hungry on a P&O cruise. • Service – exemplary. It beggars belief that some people can be horribly rude to the nicest staff – there were several occasions when we were embarrassed by our fellow passengers. • Entertainment - Pre-book the cinema, it’s very small but cosy – you can find out what’s on from reception or the library. Other entertainment - great in the bars, shows OK, guest speakers excellent. The entertainment team works hard for your pleasure and there is always something on offer. Don’t forget, the choice is yours, there is a lot of it and you (and P&O) don’t always get it right. • Photography - avoid waste by not having your picture taken by the official photographers – they have a quota to meet and just want you to pose for them – we politely declined on the grounds that they then print them all, then throw most of them away – a shockingly wasteful practice. • Wifi - don’t bother on board, it’s expensive with limited functionality. Much better to go ashore and ask the locals where the best location is. We paid for wifi once in 100 days - $5 in American Samoa – but then, they had just had a tornado that week. • Laundry – very small and always busy. Inadequate for demand on a long voyage. Not a place to make friends, better to buy new clothes. • Wildlife – plenty of it but you do have to be patient and then quick (to photograph) when sailing. You are mostly travelling at around 20mph+ and things pass very quickly. • Other Passengers - Most we met were lovely, however with around 2000 on board the chances are you will meet some unpleasant idiots – we certainly did! Nonetheless Arcadia is a big ship and you don’t have to socialise with anyone that you don’t care to. The major naughtiness is rudeness to staff – P&O are pretty good at dealing with this – some people didn’t complete the voyage! • Excursions – we assumed that most people went on a world tour to see things but were surprised how many didn’t leave the ship. Some tours are totally necessary – we would not have ascended the Burj Khalifa, the Petronas Towers or ridden the Maglev in Shanghai without P&O’s excursion service. Other places are a little easier – see the TOP TIP below. TOP TIPS: • Do your research before you go – decide what you want to see and do beforehand and then plan it. Also use the on-board port talks and excursion desk services to fully plan your trips. • Local transport is variable and every port is different. • Booking excursions before sailing is generally cheaper especially if you get loyalty discount. BUT: if you can, be spontaneous and enjoy the local colour, food and company. We did and those are some of our best memories of a fantastic world trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
First trip with P&O after 20+ cruises with other providers. The ship had just been refurbished and it showed. Really good job. I will say upfront that they got everything right with this cruise, from boarding to disembarkation. See ... Read More
First trip with P&O after 20+ cruises with other providers. The ship had just been refurbished and it showed. Really good job. I will say upfront that they got everything right with this cruise, from boarding to disembarkation. See my ratings below. The only complaints would be small personal niggles, which cannot really be put down to P&O. So everything was not perfect, but everyone has different tastes/standards. For instance, our table waiter at dinner was slow, but he was polite and still did a good job. In the scheme of things an extra 10/15 minutes at the table is not the end of the world. Standards of entertainment were excellent, even though not all artists were our cup of tea. They were all very professional, which cannot be said of some other cruise lines. Choice of entertainment throughout the day was huge and, again, if you wanted to complain, you would have to say that their was too much and you couldn't fit it all in. This was a 24 day cruise with a lot of sea days. Suits some but not others, but it is your choice when you book, so how do people justify complaining about this (some did!!). Similarly, products throughout the ship, including trips & internet, were quite expensive, but aren't they always? If you can get this cruise at the right price it is tremendous value. My one stand out comment would be the excellent choice and standard of food throughout the ship. Coupled with the Arcadia being an Adults Only ship, this celebration of my wife's 65th Birthday could not have gone better. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Just got back from Arcadia’s first cruise after her refit. Everything was as you would expect apart from a few little niggles Cabin clean and tidy Celeste was a great cabin steward, unobtrusive but efficient. Food was standard ... Read More
Just got back from Arcadia’s first cruise after her refit. Everything was as you would expect apart from a few little niggles Cabin clean and tidy Celeste was a great cabin steward, unobtrusive but efficient. Food was standard P&O fare good but not over fussy, waiters all friendly and helpful Only niggle on the food was their decision to mash up the Stilton on the second night so the crust was served without any cheese. Didn’t make sense to me. Drinks were reasonable. Wine list very extensive. Those we tried were excellent. Heard some people being refused certain spirit brands on the menu not in stock. I was refused tanqery gin as it was out of stock. I guess this will be resolved by next cruise. All new carpets looked great the refit has improved the ship. Still some water coming through the ceilings in some P.O. lick areas and a couple of lifts not working. But to be honest we’ve seen that on lots of other ships. All in all great cruise pity we couldn’t afford more time off work for a longer cruise. We will no doubt cruise on her again Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Beautiful ship, excellent service from all the staff, food excellent and plenty of it, outstanding from start to finish, will be cruising with Acadia again, I travelled with my disabled parents and the staff were always ready to help, the ... Read More
Beautiful ship, excellent service from all the staff, food excellent and plenty of it, outstanding from start to finish, will be cruising with Acadia again, I travelled with my disabled parents and the staff were always ready to help, the ports we stopped off at were within a short walk from the ship in dock to the shop's and scenery, embarkation was easy and quick, suitcases were delivered to cabin, very relaxing and enjoyable cruise, my parents had disabled cabin with balcony and everything was there that was needed, good selection of shops on board but we did find them a bit expensive, a variety of bars with music and entertainment to suit all, I loved the glass lifts where you could see the sea as you go up and down, the palladiam theatre is worth a visit for entertainment, was sorry when the cruise came to an end, well done Acadia and a big thank you Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Arcadia Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 3.0 3.6
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 3.4
Rates 4.0 3.7

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