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Arcadia Review

OUR MOST EVENTFUL CRUISE - EVER!

Review for the British Isles & Western Europe Cruise on Arcadia
TerryFW
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Nov 2023

My wife and I have been on 25 Cunard cruises and just three on other lines, one on the P&O Iona with the family, so were interested to compare Arcadia with Queen Victoria and Elizabeth. In summary, the ships and their feel are similar, the major differences being the upper decks being accessible on Arcadia but limited to "Grills" class guests on Cunard, so this gives more venues and open deck space to all the passengers. Internally there is a greater variety of seating areas and bars on Arcadia and the layout is similar to the Holland America Eurodam with a "nightclub" style venue ("Globe") on deck 2 - on this cruise with an outstanding band for listening and dancing ("Pulse" - two great singers and four excellent musicians - with a different theme of well-known songs each night). The Crow's Nest bar at the top of the ship was a poor relation of the wonderful Commodore Club on QV/QE, though, both in layout and décor.

People were disappointed that Storm Ciaran meant the ship was unable to put to sea and was delayed by forty hours, thus having to replace Cadiz, Valencia and Ajaccio with Le Havre and Cartagena. Given what happened to a Saga ship that was caught by the storm in the Bay of Biscay and lost power this was probably a prudent decision but it obviously impacted the enjoyment of the cruise. Who would choose Le Havre for a day in November? The itinerary was picked up again by the time we got to Genoa. The BoB crossing was still quite rough, calmer seas were found as we turned south down the Spanish and Portuguese coast and the weather improved significantly. The price you pay for the avoidance of airports is well worth it as it is a chance to enjoy the ship while you travel to your destination.

We had booked a "mini-suite", they are 50% wider than a standard cabin and it really makes a difference both inside and on the balcony. Good bathroom with a basin each, good towels and robes and a whirlpool bath with a second choice of shower over. Balcony has space for two chairs at a full height table, two loungers with foot stools. Cabin is well equipped, pod coffee machine as well as kettle, tea, etcetera. Ice bucket refreshed each evening after the first request. Nice P&O Peninsular Club slippers! Good hanging space and plenty hangers, extra width between wardrobes and bathroom appreciated. Sofa, two easy chairs, coffee table, comfortable beds. TV picture poor quality though.

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We had booked a "mini-suite", they are 50% wider than a standard cabin and it really makes a difference both inside and on the balcony. Good bathroom with a basin each, good towels and robes and a whirlpool bath with a second choice of shower over. Balcony has space for two chairs at a full height table, two loungers with foot stools. Cabin is well equipped, pod coffee machine as well as kettle, tea, etcetera. Ice bucket refreshed each evening after the first request. Nice P&O Peninsular Club slippers! Good hanging space and plenty hangers, extra width between wardrobes and bathroom appreciated. Sofa, two easy chairs, coffee table, comfortable beds. TV picture poor quality though.

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