We chose this cruise as there were three ports of call new to ourselves. Lido Deck Too large a comfortable seating area earmarked for smokers, particularly when public areas (on land) are discouraging the habit. Dining Surprisingly, choice of all three courses at dinner required when ordering. One does not always know whether one might even wish for a third course after the first and second courses but, if so required, the third course should then be allowed to be chosen accordingly. Lido Buffet 'Frozen' pats of butter taking 10 minutes + to soften and thus able to be spread by which time one's toast was even colder! Though 'Freedom Diners' we ate dinner in the Lido Buffet on several evenings as the menu was just as good as the Meridian Restaurant, without the waiter service of course. Sun Deck subjected to falls of soot particularates causing sun bathers to scatter and the Lido Pool to be temporarily closed for cleaning. Admittedly these are fairly inconsequential points, none of which spoilt our cruise but, nevertheless, may be worthy of note for the powers that be. We appreciate that everyone can't be pleased and conscious that there's a great deal to organise and be responsible for and for that we were grateful and contributed to a generally enjoyable cruise. Thank you.

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Arcadia Cruise Review by BWBENNETT

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2019
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
We chose this cruise as there were three ports of call new to ourselves.

Lido Deck Too large a comfortable seating area earmarked for smokers, particularly when public areas (on land) are discouraging the habit.

Dining Surprisingly, choice of all three courses at dinner required when ordering. One does not always know whether one might even wish for a third course after the first and second courses but, if so required, the third course should then be allowed to be chosen accordingly.

Lido Buffet 'Frozen' pats of butter taking 10 minutes + to soften and thus able to be spread by which time one's toast was even colder!

Though 'Freedom Diners' we ate dinner in the Lido Buffet on several evenings as the menu was just as good as the Meridian Restaurant, without the waiter service of course.

Sun Deck subjected to falls of soot particularates causing sun bathers to scatter and the Lido Pool to be temporarily closed for cleaning.

Admittedly these are fairly inconsequential points, none of which spoilt our cruise but, nevertheless, may be worthy of note for the powers that be.

We appreciate that everyone can't be pleased and conscious that there's a great deal to organise and be responsible for and for that we were grateful and contributed to a generally enjoyable cruise. Thank you.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony and Bath/Shower
Cabin DF A166
A166 is an aft cabin and is larger than the other port and starboard cabins. It has the advantage of being virtually free of the wind caused by the forward progress of the ship making for a very comfortable relaxation on the balcony.
However the deck was washed 3/4 times to remove the soot particularates from the ship's exhaust!
Though being on deck 8 aft there was no engine noise but a good deal of sun bed movement, being beneath the Lido deck. This did not concern us as it tended not to be during unsocial hours.
The cabin was as expected but a little larger and very comfortable, the bed especially, as always. Just a pity about the toe nail left all the fortnight on the skirting board from a previous occupant!
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