First experience of cruising for more than 17 nights. This cruise was. 44 nights with 4 night stay in Sydney.
The cruise was great. A few days of rough weather over bay of biscay (as expected). Sea sickness tablets worked a treat,
There were two ports we had to abort because of bad weather: bay of islands and Tonga.
This is something you have to expect when cruising which us beyond the control of the captain.
Headliner shows always excellent and always generates a full house. Some of the other not always great.
Lots of activities during the day to keep you busy during sea days.
Spa very expensive. Gym facilities great and free. Food a little disappointing but plenty of it - you won't go hungry! We went on most excursions but a lot of the time you can do your own thing a lot cheaper.
Highlights were: Alcatraze, Panama Canal, Pearl Harbour. We enjoyed all the ports on this
cruise. Absolutely fab. Best ports San Francisco, Auckland and Sydney.
Left luggage - a case on ship which we will collect in April when Arcadia returns to Southampton.
We were concerned about the long haul flight for our return journey which turned out great. We flew with Singapore Airlines from Sydney to Singapore and then Singapore to Heathrow. Time just flew. Great current movies on flight, constant drinks and food/meals coming round. Would definitely fly again with them the same journey. 10 out of 10 flight.
I think this length of cruise was enough for us but alot of other cruisers were staying on for the full 99 nights.
If you are considering this cruise next year I would say go for it.