My wife and I took this cruise with her parents who are both in their late 70s.
This would be their first sea cruise but they have done many river cruises before.
The Arcadia was first rate. Apart from the occasional dodgy evening entertainment everything about this ship and her staff was first class. The food was amazing, the service incredible. The cabin maid worked her socks off as did all the cleaning staff. Playing cricket as we crossed the North sea was a pretty unusual experience. The seas were very kind with every day a millpond.
We stopped in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg (2 days), Tallinn, Warnemunde and finally Gothenburg. In all the ports except St Petersburg we just made our way into town and looked around. In St Petersburg we used a local tour company for a 'relaxed' private tour.
The only port that I would not return to would be Copenhagen, a bit like Birmingham but with less charm! Everywhere else was very pleasant. Tallinn in particular was very charming if a little crowded.
Ell is an inside cabin and the furthest forward on that deck. It was adequate for us with plenty of storage space. The bed was comfortable and the maid service was second to none. The cabin came equipped with 2 wardrobes and a large cupboard,a dressing table, occasional table, 2 chairs, a safe, hairdryer and tea making facilities. Tea, coffee etc being renewed twice a day and biscuits replaced as we ate them. Chocs on the pillow each evening and towel animals in the bathroom! The beds were high enough so that suitcases could be stored beneath them.
The only drawback was that the cabin was immediately above the Palladium theatre. This meant that we could hear the rehearsals for the evening show if we were in there during the late afternoon and if we went to bed early (not often) we also could hear the second show being performed. The motor for the curtain also seemed to be close and we would get the roar from this at the start and end of each show.