Oldies but Goldies and Greys: Arcadia Cruise Review by Gerard Price

Arcadia 4
Gerard Price

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Oldies but Goldies and Greys

Sail Date: June 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton
The usual fayre on a Cruise which didn't disappoint. Food was good, excellent service from Cabin attendant and Waiters. This was my first time on a ship with no children on-board and there did seem to be a lack of vibrant-type energy amongst the passengers on the first few days at sea. However as the ambiance of the peace and quiet took hold it was easy to forget the 'missing' children. I wouldn't rush to get back to Gibraltar again nor was Ajaccio particularly memorable but visits to Rome, Florence, Santa Margherita, Villefranche and Barcelona were more than adequate compensation for these two disappointments. Perhaps an excursion on Corsica would have promoted the Isle in a better light.

I have to admit to being a P&O fan when it comes to cruising holidays so the criticisms I have have to be balanced against the fact that I still intend to sail with P&O in the future. So to my criticisms. I first cruised in 2000 and the programme for the theatre entertainment remains More very 'samey'. Some tired routines, tired jokes and on this cruise a tired DJ, Lulu, who made it obvious that she wasn't enjoying life on board and she didn't intend to make life enjoyable for anyone else who was thinking of enjoying themselves. The excursions are outlandishly priced which encourages my partner and me to adopt independent travel arrangements to view the sites. The Ship's photographs are also too expensive which is a pity because there are many memorable moments captured on camera and buying them all would be prohibitive.

And finally the Captain needs reminding without the passengers he is out-of-a-job. It's one thing to refuse to shake a hand, presumably because of health and safety considerations, but at least be apologetic to the person politely offering the hand rather than give the curt response 'I don't shake hands'. With an attitude like that I am sure everybody would be only too pleased to oblige him. Less

Published 07/08/10

Cabin review: OE67

E67. Outside cabin with obstructed view. At least you are safe in the knowledge that there is a lifeboat waiting for you , the one you see continuously outside your window. However there is a discount for the pleasure so no complaints. Largely ok for space and the bath ,albeit small, is a welcome change to just a shower . Nice to relax and soak the aching limbs after a long day of walking and sightseeing. The lighting in the cabin is badly designed and makes for extremely poor reading in bed.

Port and Shore Excursions

Probably much more to see than we witnessed and it was the last port visit of the cruise so tiredness had crept in. Probably merits a long weekend stay to absorb its architecture and culture.

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Held no particular magic for me , too much dog fouling and litter around the place. Nice Cathedral. Expensive alcohol and goods generally.

Santa Margherita is the port for Genoa. Didn't go to Genoa. Stayed local and visited Portofino , a trendy port a few kilometres away, 2 euros return by coach. Very picturesque. Arrived early before it became overrun with holidaymakers, like us! A nice garden walk in Santa Margherita to the church where Wayne Rooney married Collette. Hopefully he performed better on his wedding night than he did in the World Cup.

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Grubby and characterless. Used taxi and cable car to get to the summit of the Rock. Been there , done that and repeat unlikely. Cheap spirits in Marks and Spencer.

Real enjoyment here. Caught train from Cittavechia to Rome and then travelled on underground to take in the sights at a total cost of 13 euros. Much cheaper than the ludicrously priced excursions. Beautiful city with lots to see.

Excellent welcome to this port with Tourist Information located at the quayside. Caught train to Monaco, 5 euros return, and enjoyed the changing of the Guard at the Palace in Monaco, daily 11.55h sharp. Walked to the Palace to enjoy some stunning panoramic views across the bay. Enough wealth here to solve the World's financial crisis by the looks of the private yachts in the harbour. Then off to try my luck at the tables with a walk across the bay to Monte Carlo. Casino didn't open til 14.00h so I never got the chance to break the bank. On the other hand I still have money in my pocket to put towards the next cruise!

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