We chose this cruise to revisit Venice but arrangement for getting ashore was a nightmare. We are 86 and 84 and the majority of passengers were of a similar age. Shuttle buses were not provided so we were faced with a 1000m walk to a ferry and once ashore a similar distance to St. Marks Square over 4 bridges. You can imagine the queues at reception complaining, particularly as the ship moored next to us provided shuttle buses. Regarding the ship itself we found the entertainment left a lot to be desired with the exception of the Headliners theatre group and Jon Martin, But why did everything have to be so loud? singers in a constant battle with the band and conversation in piano bars nigh on impossible. We found the staff throughout the ship to be both friendly and efficient and our cabin steward in particular was outstanding. However some thought should be given to the dining arrangements. The Meridian restaurant is on two floors the upper floor designated for " freedom" dining where in theory you can eat at any time between 6 and 9 not so! you join a queue for an average of 10 to 15 minutes to receive a bleeper and a further wait while the poor harassed staff do there best to find a table. Why on earth both restaurants cannot be fixed dining and those that want to eat at anytime can use the Belvedere . We made some good friends and overall had a good time but feel we are more suited to the smaller ships such as the Fred Olsen Cruise Line provides.

Disappointment in Venice

Arcadia Cruise Review by ericiris

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Outside Stateroom with Bath/Shower (Obstructed View)
We chose this cruise to revisit Venice but arrangement for getting ashore was a nightmare. We are 86 and 84 and the majority of passengers were of a similar age. Shuttle buses were not provided so we were faced with a 1000m walk to a ferry and once ashore a similar distance to St. Marks Square over 4 bridges. You can imagine the queues at reception complaining, particularly as the ship moored next to us provided shuttle buses.

Regarding the ship itself we found the entertainment left a lot to be desired with the exception of the Headliners theatre group and Jon Martin, But why did everything have to be so loud? singers in a constant battle with the band and conversation in piano bars nigh on impossible.

We found the staff throughout the ship to be both friendly and efficient and our cabin steward in particular was outstanding.

However some thought should be given to the dining arrangements. The Meridian restaurant is on two floors the upper floor designated for " freedom" dining where in theory you can eat at any time between 6 and 9 not so! you join a queue for an average of 10 to 15 minutes to receive a bleeper and a further wait while the poor harassed staff do there best to find a table. Why on earth both restaurants cannot be fixed dining and those that want to eat at anytime can use the Belvedere .

We made some good friends and overall had a good time but feel we are more suited to the smaller ships such as the Fred Olsen Cruise Line provides.
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Outside Stateroom with Bath/Shower (Obstructed View)
Cabin NA E122
Comfortable cabin with excellent service from Mitesh the steward.
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