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Arcadia Review

Slightly dull - apart from the fisticuffs in the buffet

Review for the Caribbean Cruise on Arcadia
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Nov 2015

We are in our 50's and have been cruising for about 5 years. I chose my username " Gettinold " as a joke but it now seems ironic after taking this cruise. The ship is advertised as " adults only ". I took this to mean no kids. However I now realise that what P&O actually meant was that the ship is aimed at attracting the Saga generation - i.e OAP's. As a result, both of us 50 year olds felt pretty much out of place.

Apart from the incident in my title, the ship was to be honest, quite dull. Entertainment during the day was limited to two quizzes ( both co-inciding with meal times ? ) plus some craft classes and knitting babies bonnets for charity. The headline acts booked for the theatre all did two stints each. If you like opera singers,classical pianists, flautists and violinists, then this is the ship for you. The P&O singers and dancers were OK but doing 10+ shows over the length of the cruise , they tended to get a bit samey. The cruise director John Bartrams job consisted of coming on stage in the theatre each night, asking if we were all happy, introduce the act and that was it. We never seen anything of him during the day and he did not interact with any of the passengers. In fact the captain was more visible than he was. Oh and if you are reading this John, next time you get one of your staff to read the trivia questions, please make sure they have a reasonable command of the English language.

Food on board was OK but not great. However with so many Indian chefs on board, the amount of curries on offer was a bit overwhelming . Main dining room food was frequently cold by the time it reached our table. Waiters appeared to be overwhelmed. They just served up the meals, never asked if everything was OK, never refilled our drinking water glasses unless we asked them to.

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