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Arcadia Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Baltic cruise with a noisy cabin (E2)

Review for Arcadia to the Baltic Sea
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Sail Date: Jun 2017
Cabin: Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower

I booked this cruise at the last minute, so had no choice of cabin. However, the price was very good and I didn’t have to pay a single supplement. Given the low price, my views are different to those I would have had if I had paid the full price. It was also my 8th time on Arcadia.

The itinerary was very good with the first port of call being Skagen in Denmark which is a quiet Danish holiday resort. Plenty of excursions on offer but I spent the time walking around the time. There was a free shuttle to the town centre and the drop off point was also near to the local harbour where there were plenty of restaurants which seemed to attract many locals. Beer and aon open fish sandwich worked out at £25, not cheap, but it was very tasty.

Next port of call was Kiel, Germany. This was during the Kiel week festival, so the town was very busy with stalls and fairground alongside the river. Although berthed in the centre, it was a long walk from the ship to the terminal building – around 800m and a further 1Km to the town centre – a bit different from the advertised 400m. No shuttle service was offered. Not too much to see in the town, so I spent much of the day on the riverside sampling local food and drink. Around £3 for a beer and the same price for a bratwurst, The entertainment seemed to be gathering pace as we left the port, but it was still an interesting day.

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Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower

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This is the first time I have had a forward balcony cabin on Arcadia (I prefer the stern cabins), but have had them before on Queen Victoria/Elizabeth. QE and QV cabins were fine, but I would not have one again on Arcadia due to noise and vibration that was not noticeable on the two Queens.

This is one of the metal fronted balcony cabins at the front of E deck. It also only has a shower rather than a shower over the bath. I prefer the shower only as it does make the bathroom that little bit bigger.

I did find some issues with noise in this cabin.

First, for about an hour either side of docking the cabin was noisy and once the bow thrusters were powered up to complete docking there was a lot of vibration.

Secondly, the balcony door did not fit properly causing a whistling sound. This was excessive and I had to be moved to another cabin for the night. The door was fixed the following day but by the time the ship returned to Southampton it was starting to whistle again.

Third, the cabin is next to an air-conditioning unit which seems to be noisy when in port - after leaving port the noise drops.

Fourth, crew access the front of the ship on D and E deck early in the morning and many days there was a clanking/metallic sound every morning around 6am. Also, there were cigarette butts on the balcony which I can only assume has come from the crew areas.

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