Before sailing on the Arcadia we read lots of reviews, some I agree with some i don't. We have been on five cruises with p&o all on different ships and our experience so far has been exceptional. Well for what it's worth here is our review of the Arcadia. First embarkation the wait on the coach at the port seemed to go on forever, after about an hour or more we finally got off the coach. The booking in procedure at the desk was slow and disorganised, something we have not experienced with p&o before. We quickly found our room we thought on first inspection, not bad. We waited for our luggage for what seemed forever. After about 2 hours we rang reception they said your luggage should be there. I went into the corridor and found our luggage outside other cabins. Not a good start. In the restaurant we asked for a table for two and was put on a table two inches away from another table. The same thing happened on the second time so we complained, to be fair to the staff they sorted it out immediately. The food was very good but the menu was repetitive. Service again very good but slow. There was a very noticeable vibration and clanking of the engines when the ship was up to speed. We found the entertainment in the palladium very good but woeful else where, I don't mind someone playing the piano but please not in every bar. We found the decor of the ship dark and dingy. On every ship we have been on the atrium has always given us the wow factor, not on this one it's drab and lifeless. The wardrobes in the cabin are a joke not only is it a squeeze for your clothes it's to dark in the corridor there is not enough room to change. I think on the next refit they should get rid of the two seater and but extra storage there. The main sunbathing area was a big disappointment, no music no life nothing, apart from sailaways. I have seen more life in a library. On one day it was windy and we kept getting splashed with this brown stuff that smelled of rust. Some of the passengers complained but just got fobbed of I could go on but I know I'm in the minority because several passengers said this is their favourite ship. I'm sure p&o have a ship to suit every body, if you want a cruise where you just want to relax and watch the world go by this is the ship for you, but if you want want more entertainment and more excitement then don't go on this ship. If this is your first time with p&o and you did not like it please try another ship. Our favourite is the Ventura and we have already booked for next July in the Greek Islands. Would I recommend this ship no, would I recommend p&o every time

Ship Not For Us

Arcadia Cruise Review by David Shaw

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2015
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
Before sailing on the Arcadia we read lots of reviews, some I agree with some i don't. We have been on five cruises with p&o all on different ships and our experience so far has been exceptional. Well for what it's worth here is our review of the Arcadia. First embarkation the wait on the coach at the port seemed to go on forever, after about an hour or more we finally got off the coach. The booking in procedure at the desk was slow and disorganised, something we have not experienced with p&o before.

We quickly found our room we thought on first inspection, not bad. We waited for our luggage for what seemed forever. After about 2 hours we rang reception they said your luggage should be there. I went into the corridor and found our luggage outside other cabins. Not a good start.

In the restaurant we asked for a table for two and was put on a table two inches away from another table. The same thing happened on the second time so we complained, to be fair to the staff they sorted it out immediately. The food was very good but the menu was repetitive. Service again very good but slow. There was a very noticeable vibration and clanking of the engines when the ship was up to speed. We found the entertainment in the palladium very good but woeful else where, I don't mind someone playing the piano but please not in every bar. We found the decor of the ship dark and dingy. On every ship we have been on the atrium has always given us the wow factor, not on this one it's drab and lifeless. The wardrobes in the cabin are a joke not only is it a squeeze for your clothes it's to dark in the corridor there is not enough room to change. I think on the next refit they should get rid of the two seater and but extra storage there.

The main sunbathing area was a big disappointment, no music no life nothing, apart from sailaways. I have seen more life in a library. On one day it was windy and we kept getting splashed with this brown stuff that smelled of rust. Some of the passengers complained but just got fobbed of I could go on but I know I'm in the minority because several passengers said this is their favourite ship. I'm sure p&o have a ship to suit every body, if you want a cruise where you just want to relax and watch the world go by this is the ship for you, but if you want want more entertainment and more excitement then don't go on this ship. If this is your first time with p&o and you did not like it please try another ship. Our favourite is the Ventura and we have already booked for next July in the Greek Islands. Would I recommend this ship no, would I recommend p&o every time
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Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
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Needs rethink on wardrobes and storage
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