Arcadia Cruise Review by MrsBoxerDog
- Sail Date: January 2017
- Destination: Around the World
- Cabin Type: Suite with Balcony and Bath/Shower
I note someone has referred to the Arcadia as an 'enormous ship'. Far from it, it's a P&O mid-sized ship. If you want 'enormous', I suggest the Britannia!
As a 'solo' traveller, each morning, on sea days, there is a 'solos coffee morning', which was fairly well attended. This gave us a chance to meet, have a free coffee and chat over plans and previous days etc. I do feel there could be more organised for the solo traveller though.
The staff are, generally, very polite, friendly and attentive. Having said that, one of the female hosts was very rude to the passengers on one of the quiz evenings.
The cabin was roomy with a lovely balcony (shame the glass was never cleaned). Plenty of wardrobe space, a good sized bathroom (shame the extractor fan hadn't seen a duster for weeks), but lacking in television programme choices (take a tip from Britannia) and the map could barely be read. I ought to add, although a solo cruiser, I always book a double cabin to ensure comfort.
The food, as a freedom diner, was good in the Meridan Restaurant, although the menu did start to become monotonous and I certainly wouldn't be keen to do the world cruise with the menu choices. The buffet choices were excellent, although at times, not well replenished. Sindhu (Atol's restaurant), was excellent and I dined there twice, likewise Marco's Ocean Grill. One experience not to be missed is Eric Lanlard's Afternoon Tea!!
The Oasis Spa is worth a visit, although it must be said, they do need to tidy up and be careful of the trailing cables (H&S?) in the hairdressing salon.
The Shows weren't that professional and a lot of mistakes stood out. The talks I attended were excellent.
Some of the tour organisation was not so good, especially in the US, in fact at times I'd say organised chaos. Madeira, Barbados and Curacao were lovely. If you get the chance I do recommend the 'Sunset & Champagne' evening cruise at Barbados - wonderful. Not sure about the 'champagne', but the very generous free G&Ts went down a treat!!
The Panama Canal was exceptional, what an experience. A shame a few hogged the seats in the Crow's Nest Bar from crack of dawn, which didn't allow some of us to get a view or take photos. I thoroughly recommend doing the Canal, the trip, for that alone, was worth every grand spent!!
The only down-side is that the Captain didn't mix, even on his Gala Evening. When met in the lifts, not even an acknowledgement.
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