Arcadia Review

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Norwegian Fjords and North Cape

Review for the British Isles & Western Europe Cruise on Arcadia
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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jul 2008

Please enter your review. P&O North Cape & Norwegian Fjords J814 - Arcadia - 21 July 2008 (13 nights)

This review gives my personal view only. I realize that all aspects are purely subjective and that others may have a very different opinion of things. I appreciate hard work and know that I am not perfect so I don't expect things to be perfect. I do, however, expect value for money and people to make an effort. Background: This cruise turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Our original choice cruise had been cancelled because of operational difficulties so, with only 7 weeks to go, our TA found us a good deal on Arcadia to Norway. My DH and I have cruised 19 times before (Princess, NCL, RCI, Carnival, Star Cruises and Louis) but never on P&O. We were looking for somewhere different because, hopefully without seeming too boastful, we have done most of the Med, Baltic, Caribbean, Alaska etc, so decided to take the plunge. I am in my very late 50s (OK - so I'm 60 this October but sssssh...) and my DH is very early 60s. We consider ourselves to be active and inquisitive. We love to meet people, have new experiences and see different things so this cruise fulfilled all our criteria. We are from the Midlands in the UK so it was a pleasant change to sail from Southampton - no weight restrictions!

The ship: General Arcadia is a modern, 80,000 ton ship with all the usual amenities. It is also an 'all adult' ship so the age range was generally older than we are used to. I would estimate the average age of the passengers to have been around 65 which made the atmosphere relatively sedate and quiet. It was also 'very British' as there were only a handful of passengers from other countries. The decor is muted with lots of wood and plenty of interesting art work. There were 4 formal nights (held on the sea days), 6 semi-formal nights and 3 smart casual nights. The majority of the passengers adhered to the dress code.

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