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Arcadia Review

Lovely cruise despite hiccups

Review for Europe Cruise on Arcadia
Lizzie in the lakes 17
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2023

We have been cruising now for many years and in that time have encountered many events at sea. When choosing a cruise in November from Southampton it is likely we will experience some inclement weather ( it is Autumn/Winter after all ). Storm Ciaran was one such event that kept us in port ( and safe ) for 2 extra days thus impacting the remainder of the trip and missing 3 ports. However, as a result of the hold up we got to visit Le Havre, a port we have never been to and really enjoyed. We were told that there was an outbreak of noro virus on board and therefore would have to Wash Hands and sanitize before entering restaurants ( surely that is a normal undertaking before any meal ???? ). The washing facility in buffet caused queues ( and obvious disgruntle from many !!!!) but we were in no particular hurry to go anywhere so got on with it ( holidays are for chilling!!) Visited Genoa, a great port not visited before and really enjoyed our time there. A deep clean was then ordered while in this port as numbers of passengers infected was rising so we ( where possible ) vacated the ship. We have been to Civitivecchia many times, visited Rome from there but never the port itself so had a wonderful day roaming the fabulous market, then the promenade, had a lovely meal in Bar Pyper ( thoroughly recommend the pizzas!!) Sadly, a migrant boat in mid Mediterranean upset passengers, then a Medevac caused a stir. How such a procedure could be viewed as entertainment is beyond me but apparently some needed to photograph this event and we re sternly rebuked by Captain ( I give him 10/10 ). So finally, Gibralter and then Lisbon, all had gone well until final run into channel and bad weather. We boarded the pilot early (3am)to get us into port ( one lady explaining to friends that the final TRAUMA on the cruise from hell was this procedure..... must say,at3am we missed it!!!) So, after these hiccups we had a ball, great food, met some Amazing people, loved the entertainment, laughed with Brilliant crew,and, in truth experienced NOTHING we haven't experienced on other cruises.

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Very clean but rather dated

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