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Arcadia Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Storms at times but a good sea ship

Arcadia Cruise Review by Brookey262

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2017
  • Destination: the Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower

Went on this Caribbean cruise from Southampton to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary earlier in the year. Never been to the Caribbean previously, but have cruised twice before with other operators. Embarkation was easy, booked arrival time was 15.00, we arrived about 20 minutes early but went straight through and we were having a cup of tea in our cabin by 15.15. Cabin was good and as expected. Steward, Thomas looked after us very well. Very windy crossing overnight to Coruna but the only thing that woke us at 04.00 was the banging of an unsecured balcony connecting door between ours and next doors.A phone call to reception got an immediate response and back to sleep we went.

Although on Freedom dining we mainly dined in the Belvedere and found that satisfactory, although the flow of people around the various serveries could have been better managed by having a stock of trays and cutlery etc at the entrance as well as at the serveries. We went to the Meridian restaurant about 4 times (3 for black tie nights) and found the service and food quality to a good standard.

We enjoyed the cruise, although the humidity in the Caribbean was much higher than usual- even the locals were complaining, so activity was curtailed to a extent. Most of the cruisers were above 50 years old, and were a happy group, although of course, there were the usual small number of those whose expectations seemed to be rather unrealistic.

The Captain had a great sense of humour which helped particularly on days when the weather was not so good, and he did his best to keep out of the way of the worst.

Ports of call, with the exception of Coruna where the weather was wet and there was not much of interest, were good and varied and gave us a insight into the Caribbean life both for the poor and the rich.

Disembarkation went well although with a time slot of 9.15 to 9.30 there was some hanging about in the lounge having had to leave the cabin by 8.00.

Whilst it's unlikely we would do this length of trip again- 16 sea days was great to relax but got a bit boring after leaving Ponta Delgada, we were certainly happy with the ship and if we were to cruise again would be looking for one of her other trips.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
Cabin DE A50

Very acceptable with everything provided, including a lily type flower which blossomed as the cruise went on. Well maintained and clean and balcony also.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

La Coruna

Very wet and overcast so glad we did not book a shore excursion. Went for a short trip off ship but only point of interest was the 'crystal' windows along sea front.

Island Tour

Very interesting for our first visit to Caribbean. Trip was informative and we got a good feel of the island.

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Scenic Railway

Gave us a coach trip up west side and railway down the east. Very informative and well run.

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Went for an hours stroll around town- quite pleasant


Enjoyed a 2 hour walk around town doing our own thing.

Ponta Delgada

We enjoyed a coupe of hours walking around the town in pleasant weather. Plenty of things to see qquite close to the ship

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