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Arvia Review

Great ship shame about the clientele

Review for the Caribbean Cruise on Arvia
Grimsby Mariner
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Nov 2023

Just returned from the latest two week booze cruise around the Caribbean. Arvia is a magnificent ship and a cut above Iona, but it is a great tragedy that it is playing host to the type of people who should not be within a continent of it. As a result it is already showing signs of wear - with P&O infamous for cutting costs to the bone any non-essential system on the ship that breaks is ignored. So you get toilets and wash basins out of action for the whole cruise, letters and signs missing, coffee machines not working in the buffet, no trays. Whilst there are nowhere near enough staff on the ship to provide a proper cruise experience. Word though for what few there are, the cabin stewards, and restaurant staff work so hard and are the real stars of the ship who make your cruise what it is. P&O please recognise their hard work and respect them more.

Food is fantastic apart from the 6th Street Diner which should be avoided at all costs unless you want to be ill. Also why is the Olive Grove open so little and therefore impossible to visit. The MyHoliday app remains unfit for purpose and a total waste of time. Just give your new Starlink wifi free to all cruisers and stop being so tight P&O, although even that apparently does not work very well.

Rules on the ship are just ignored by P&O. So dress standards in the main restaurants are abysmal. Surely people who want to dress in tee shirts and tracksuits can be asked to eat elsewhere, if I wanted to look at such fashion faux pas I would choose to eat in Wetherspoons not posh dining areas. Not what I spend my money for. This needs to be resolved as otherwise normal people like myself and my wife will find another cruise line. Put the scruffs all in one place and do not offend my eyes or reduce the cost of my cruise for having to put up with that. As for trying to get a sunbed, get up at 6.00 in the morning and don't expect anyone on the ship to impose their so-called rule about towels on sunbeds for more than one hour.

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