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Arcadia Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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A trip around the Baltics

Arcadia Cruise Review by Shazzy B

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Suite with Balcony and Bath/Shower

We chose this cruise as we had been on this ship last year so we were familiar with the layout. We had been recommended to do the cruise around the Baltics by several people who were on last years cruise, The embarkation for the ship was fantastic, within half an hour of us arriving at the port we were on the ship. The only thing that held us up was trying to find a porter with a trolley to take the luggage away. We found our cabin easily but had to wait for our suitcases as they were all being scanned. Better safe than sorry! The cabin had a balcony and was well kept, clean and tidy. Our cabin steward was great as she was always ready with a smile and a greeting. We had a timed dining slot and were served by the same waiters throughout the cruise, they were brilliant. We built up a rapport with them as they came from India and the tests were being played. The food was very good and nothing was too much trouble for our waiters. Every meal we were asked if everything was ok, which we liked. We did try the restaurant for breakfast at the start of the cruise but ended up using the buffet instead as I wanted to choose what I wanted rather than get things off the set menu. The entertainment on the ship was fantastic. All the shows that we saw were West End standard. The entertainment team on the cruise were also very good. Plenty of different activities to take part in if you wanted to. We opted out of the service charge as the tips we gave were to the people who looked after us. As I was travelling with 2 less able walkers I booked the shore excursions online before we went. Oslo was expensive but beautiful, Gotland was full of history, Tallinn was wonderful and easily accessible on foot, Helsinki was amazing as we did the harbour cruise, St Petersburg was breath taking, the buildings were so grand that we couldn't understand how they survived the revolution, Warnemunde was the only place that it rained but it didn't detract us from walking around. Again it was easily accessible on foot. there were plenty of shops and cafes. Copenhagen was our last stop but the trip we took coincided with the visit of Mr Macron to the Queen. We managed to see the palaces but then got stuck in the traffic around the city as streets were closed and there were police everywhere. We did get to see the little mermaid. After that coach trip we were glad to be back on board. The tour guide was very apologetic but she did change the itinerary so that we could see the palaces before the police locked it down. We do like the Arcadia as it is an adults only ship and if we take another cruise it will probably be on that ship.


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Cabin Review

Suite with Balcony and Bath/Shower
Cabin AC C13

Well kept, clean and tidy, cabin steward was great.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Southampton

Embarkation was very fast as both the people I was travelling with had limited mobility. Had to go and find a porter with a trolley though.

Oslo

Lovely walk around the harbour but the refreshments were very expensive.

Fantastic trip, very informative. Our guide had some very useful props and kept us entertained. Lots of history.

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Tallinn

Went into the old town on the cruise buses. Walking was not a problem and we found the market square which had local trades people selling their items, worth a visit.

Neva River Cruise

The river was very high on the day that we went so we were not able to visit some of the waterways as we would have been stuck under the bridges. It was a lovely trip though. The only problem we had was when we were getting off the boat the hydrofoil went pass and we thought some of our group would fall in the water but thankfully they didn't!

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Lots to see, plenty of stops, very informative and amusing guide.

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Very informative guides, plenty to see and lots of history. We visited the market afterwards where we found a few bargains.

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Rostock (Warnemunde)

The town was easily accessible from the cruise ship. Plenty of shops and cafes.

City Tour

The only reason I have rated this trip as average is the fact that we got caught up with the French presidential visit and traffic was a nightmare. However our guide was trying to keep us all cheerful and she did manage to get us into the palace grounds before the whole place was on lock down!

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