Our first cruise for some years. We did not choose Arcadia specifically, rather the itinerary and we were not disappointed. After booking, having read some of the negative reviews here, especially about Arcadia and specifically the Arcadia cough, I was a little concerned but this was unfounded. EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION went very smoothly. Newbies should note that the buffet is available for a meal as soon as you board so, unlike us, you don't need to have lunch before you board. CABIN (balcony cabin on D deck, port side) was clean, with shower over bath and storage fine (it is dark by the wardrobes, so you need to put the light on to see properly). Toiletries provided. Lovely fluffy towels; very comfortable bed. Large TV screen, a number of films playing on a loop (so you cant choose when to watch); DVD only in suites. Information channel, Arcadia radio channel, shore excursion channel and recording of guest speakers talks. Lovely Cabin Steward. LEAVING SOUTHAMPTON... you are invited to Champagne sailaway in Crows Nest... be aware that waiters with trays of champagne are there to greet you, then you are told they have to charge you! About 6 pounds for just over half a glass. MEALS ... we chose FREEDOM Dining. Very few tables for two, so be prepared to share or wait. Indeed, when busy, you may need to wait to be seated anyway but are given a pager. We found it worked quite well, but it is a bit noisy depending where you are seated. Lovely waiting staff, sometimes over-stretched. Plates were always hot and we found all food DELICIOUS. As has been said, no longer Silver Service, so food arrives on plates and yes, quite small portions, but with 5 courses available for dinner, we thought portion control good. Other options: self service Belvidere Restaurant or Neptune Grill.... all offered a good choice. Sometimes a struggle to find a table in busy times. Did not try room service but that is always another option. Wine prices start at around 15 pounds a bottle and you get a receipt so you can have it the next day. Iced water always poured to start. Breakfast and Lunch all good. We did not try the OCEAN GRILL or EAST restos for which you pay a premium, but mostly heard good reports. ENTERTAINMENT ... There is an impressive theatre where Headliners dance/singing troupe put on different shows ...very energetic and entertaining.. lasts about 45 minutes. Shows at 8.30 pm and 10.30 pm. Other guests included a fantastic violinist, Roy Walker (did 2 different shows lasting an hour, not usually our sort of thing, but he was good). Other entertainment included classical guitarist (in Globe Room).. always over subscribed; guest speaker on "spies"; and in most bars there is a pianist or small band. Very entertaining "camp" pianist who gathered quite a following. PORTS OF CALL AND TOURS ...we did our own thing in most ports. Be aware that unless you are a SELECT customer you have to pay for the shuttle bus, about 5 pounds each way per person. We loved everywhere, but especially Tallin and St Petersburg .. for this we used ALLA TOURS who were superb organising a 2-day Grand Tour of St P. Passengers who did the P and O Tours enjoyed them but be aware that things like Panaromic Tours tend to be staying on a coach. Overall, we really enjoyed our cruise and met some lovely people.

Enjoyable Baltic Cruise

Arcadia Cruise Review by MrsEmm

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2015
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
Our first cruise for some years. We did not choose Arcadia specifically, rather the itinerary and we were not disappointed. After booking, having read some of the negative reviews here, especially about Arcadia and specifically the Arcadia cough, I was a little concerned but this was unfounded.

EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION went very smoothly. Newbies should note that the buffet is available for a meal as soon as you board so, unlike us, you don't need to have lunch before you board.

CABIN (balcony cabin on D deck, port side) was clean, with shower over bath and storage fine (it is dark by the wardrobes, so you need to put the light on to see properly). Toiletries provided. Lovely fluffy towels; very comfortable bed. Large TV screen, a number of films playing on a loop (so you cant choose when to watch); DVD only in suites. Information channel, Arcadia radio channel, shore excursion channel and recording of guest speakers talks. Lovely Cabin Steward.

LEAVING SOUTHAMPTON... you are invited to Champagne sailaway in Crows Nest... be aware that waiters with trays of champagne are there to greet you, then you are told they have to charge you! About 6 pounds for just over half a glass.

MEALS ... we chose FREEDOM Dining. Very few tables for two, so be prepared to share or wait. Indeed, when busy, you may need to wait to be seated anyway but are given a pager. We found it worked quite well, but it is a bit noisy depending where you are seated. Lovely waiting staff, sometimes over-stretched. Plates were always hot and we found all food DELICIOUS. As has been said, no longer Silver Service, so food arrives on plates and yes, quite small portions, but with 5 courses available for dinner, we thought portion control good. Other options: self service Belvidere Restaurant or Neptune Grill.... all offered a good choice. Sometimes a struggle to find a table in busy times. Did not try room service but that is always another option. Wine prices start at around 15 pounds a bottle and you get a receipt so you can have it the next day. Iced water always poured to start. Breakfast and Lunch all good. We did not try the OCEAN GRILL or EAST restos for which you pay a premium, but mostly heard good reports.

ENTERTAINMENT ... There is an impressive theatre where Headliners dance/singing troupe put on different shows ...very energetic and entertaining.. lasts about 45 minutes. Shows at 8.30 pm and 10.30 pm. Other guests included a fantastic violinist, Roy Walker (did 2 different shows lasting an hour, not usually our sort of thing, but he was good). Other entertainment included classical guitarist (in Globe Room).. always over subscribed; guest speaker on "spies"; and in most bars there is a pianist or small band. Very entertaining "camp" pianist who gathered quite a following.

PORTS OF CALL AND TOURS ...we did our own thing in most ports. Be aware that unless you are a SELECT customer you have to pay for the shuttle bus, about 5 pounds each way per person. We loved everywhere, but especially Tallin and St Petersburg .. for this we used ALLA TOURS who were superb organising a 2-day Grand Tour of St P. Passengers who did the P and O Tours enjoyed them but be aware that things like Panaromic Tours tend to be staying on a coach.

Overall, we really enjoyed our cruise and met some lovely people.
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Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
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CABIN (balcony cabin on D deck, port side) was clean, with shower over bath and storage fine (it is dark by the wardrobes, so you need to put the light on to see properly). Toiletries provided. Lovely fluffy towels; very comfortable bed. Large TV screen, a number of films playing on a loop (so you cant choose when to watch); DVD only in suites. Information channel, Arcadia radio channel, shore excursion channel and recording of guest speakers talks. Lovely Cabin Steward.
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