This was our first taste of a cruise and 6 nights appeared to be an ideal duration. We really enjoyed our time on her. The food was of an excellent standard in the restaurants and for a small fee we tried the upmarket Shindu Indian Restaurant and the Ocean Grill restaurant (twice). Both were excellent, but the Ocean Grill particularly outstanding.
Our cabin was what we expected, comfortable and of a good standard. I'm pleased to say that we were never bored as there was plenty to do on board. The service, in my opinion was excellent. The staff were all very attentive and couldn't do enough to help and always had a smile on their faces. Our favourite place to relax was The Crows Nest, with great views to the front and the price of the drinks no more than you would pay in your local pub. We also tried the gym and hydrotherapy pool which we would definately use more if we returned to her.
We chose not to go on any excursions as we preferred to explore La Rochelle, Bilbao and St Peter's Port ourselves. Free shuttle buses to the towns were provided as were regular return trips back to the ship. The ship appeared to be in very good condition and after several days was very easy to navigate around. Our excursion on Arcadia was very positive and left us with some great memories. So much so we are now looking forward to another cruise next year.
The shuttle bus dropped us off by the Guggenheim Museum. We then walked to the Old Quarter which was about a mile away. We looked around the shops etc and spent sometime in the Plaza Nueva trying the Tapas bars which was great. Very tasty and excellent value for money. We then walked back to the Guggenheim which we visited. Unfortunately we do not understand modern art and took little from visiting the museum. However the trip to Bilbao waws excellent.
Unfortunately it was raining when we visited here. The free tender transfer was well organised and dropped us off in the port. We walked the 300 yards to Castle Cornet and looked around. This was interesting. We then had a walk around the town itself. It was a normal, small seaside port town with not much to offer. In hindsight we would have gone on an excursion and visited some of the war museums.