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Arcadia Review

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Very tired ship

Review for Arcadia to Europe
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Apr 2017

We choose the Arcadia because of the destinations she was going to, my husband and I had never been to some of the country's before. Having sailed on the Britannia we didn't think twice about sailing with P&O again. Embarkation was perfect and we were pointed in the direction of our cabin. Our cabin was somewhat tired looking to say the least and the windows so filthy it was had to see out, on investigation of the rest of the ship every window on the ship was the same making it very difficult at times to see anything. The noise from the bar above our cabin gave us a late night before sleep and a early morning wake up call when beer barrels were being changed and chairs moved back into place, we asked if we could be moved and we were to over the engine room!! The dreadful smell by the shopping area lasted the whole cruise as did the water dripping through the ceiling into buckets, and once onto me god knows what this water is? The food in the Belvedere was sometimes rather bland even though everyday we had curry on the menu. I have never lost weight on holiday before but managed to come home 3lbs lighter. Constant pestering by waiters from the bar, ocean grill and the Sindhi restaurant trying to get you to spend more money while trying to eat your meal became unbearable. To top it off the fire alarm went off and there was an incident in the Paladin theatre. The entertainment was very good and the shore excursions were fine except Cagliari where you are swamped by Street sellers not a nice place to go, nothing to see either P&O would be better off forgetting this place and spending more time in Gibraltar.

Black tie evenings is an enjoyable part of cruising for some!! but for those passengers who do not wish to dress up (as this is their holiday after all and they pay the same for their holiday as everyone else), they are not allowed into large areas of the ship on those occasions, why? very unfair don't you think.

Poor staff working very long hours with no days off, no wonder they all looked fed up and no one was smiling you might get the odd one give you a smile but you would be lucky. Reception staff were wonderful as were the cabin staff.This boat yes I am calling her a boat as until she has a complete refit and the staff have better working conditions she doesn't deserve to be called a SHIP.

Cabin Review

Cabin Outside cabin

Tired looking, not enough 13amp sockets, windows outside filthy, bed against window so even more difficult to see out. I found a pack of ladies pants down the back of the bedside bottom drawer preventing it from shutting properly, bedding tired, carpet tired. Bathroom cheap fixtures nasty shower curtain and with a non operating extraction fan.

Port Reviews


Very efficient, we didn't wait long at all and we were boarding the ship.


Pretty little place with cafes and a few market stalls selling necklaces and bracelets. Don't take the local tour bus so Cadiz it will cost you approximately £18 each and although you see the seafront you also go to some really shoddy areas.


Having found Split so beautiful with it shops, market, cafes and palm trees we didn't think Dubrovnik would be any better. On walking into the city with its vast marble floor it seems impossible that nearly 60% of this old town was destroyed by the war, now completely restored there are alleyways everywhere full of beautiful arts and crafts eateries and coffee shops. Music floats though the alleys and you are drawn towards a duo playing a classical piece on the cello and violin. This is heaven in a walled city.


Don't go here.......... you will be swamped with street traders most of whom have travelled the 26 odd miles from Morocco, or if you of course need a fridge magnet, sunglasses, or a tea towel by all means go. Apart from some shops along the Main Street there was nothing to see, perhaps if you had a car it maybe better, but even the shore excursions ladies told us that Cagliari was not set up for tourists. We lasted a full 1.5 hours had a coffee fought off another three street traders while drinking said coffee then made our way back to the ship with our heads down saying no thank you, no thank you, no, no, off, get off, go away etc

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