Summer in the Baltic: Arcadia Cruise Review by Colin Tyrrell

Arcadia 4
Colin Tyrrell

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Summer in the Baltic

Sail Date: August 2010
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Southampton
Having read many reviews of this ship, we came on to it with an open mind. Child free..yes..but the downside is the adult age profile is much higher than anticipated. But older people feel very safe on this ship. Food not so brilliant. My wife is a non-meat eater and likes pasta dishes. But they were few and far between. The Meridian kitchens seem too far from the tables, and the food was never really hot by the time it had arrived, and been served to all on our table.

The evening entertainment was good, but not up to standards of Royal Caribbean or Princess Cruises. Became very "samey" after a few nights, with in-house Headliners trying their beat to perform different styles of music & dance from different eras, but not quite achieving.

Port & shore excursions were very well organised with good content. Our cabin (outside with restricted view) was excellent, and was the service from our cabin attendant.

The Arcadia decor needs livening up. Very More staid, dark, with majority being a dark wood look (mahogany??). Needs a brighter image, but again probably suits age profile.

The big advantage of Arcadia was the price of drinks !!! Sometimes lower than pubs and bars in UK cities, and the bar service was always first class.

Plenty of sun loungers and seats in quiet areas, and plenty of alternative activities on board on sea days. The big negative, though, was the size of the viewing theater for films, especially on sea days. Only 30 seats, and many passengers could not see the films, although they were shown over half dozen times per day. Needed to be in the large Palladium Theater a couple of times per day. At least over 500 could then watch in one go !!

So generally, if you want a bright, vibrant ship, Arcadia is not for you. If you want total peace and quiet, and your age profile is suited to a really slow pace, then OK.

Embarkation and disembarkation first class !!

But I feel we will always go to Royal Caribbean and Princess first, unless somebody can tell me that the other P&O ships offer a lot more than Arcadia....and they probably do!! Less

Published 08/19/10

Cabin review: Out

Large with full length french windows allowing in plenty of light. Although restricted views with tenders outside, the light made so much difference from inside cabins on previous ships. Bathroom with integral shower plenty big. Overall excellent !!

Port and Shore Excursions

OK but didn't seem very much happening, or to see.

Bit limited, but good harbour area. Boat trip was great. Vibrant market.

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Really liked this city. Plenty to see. Hop-on Hop-off bus gets you to most places. Fantastic entry and exit from harbour through spectacular scenery.

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First impression when looking from ship to shore is....grim!!

But gets better as you go further into the city, with spectacular architecture at Catherine's Palace and a number of the churches.

Everything seems enormous!!

Really liked this port, and the entry into port is spectacular on a sunny day.

Plenty of different sights, with harbour and city area split into islands.

Liked the mixture of old and new towns. Quaint little city.

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