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Arcadia Cruise Review
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Arcadia J109 - US and Canada

Arcadia Cruise Review by Jean Lyon

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  • Sail Date: Aug 2011
  • Destination: Canada & New England

Having read quite a few poor reviews of Arcadia, we approached her with some misgivings, but an open mind. We were very pleased and surprised with what we found. She has massive open decks on Lido Deck with a lovely Prom Deck that you can sit on and not be bothered by people jogging or walking. It's wide enough for that.

Our cabin was an inside twin in a Queen Config. It wasn't large, but perfectly adequate. Cases all went under the bed.

Checkin was simple, we arrived at 1.pm and were on board having lunch at 2.30. That was from driving in.

The entertainment on this cruise was truly excellent including the Headliners, Brian Conley etc. Only one very poor comedian spoilt an excellent run, but that didn't matter.

Service and food were both excellent. We dined every night in the Meridian and didn't feel it was necessary to try either Arcadian Rhodes or the Orchid. Neither did any of our table for 8.

I would definitely sail on Arcadia again.

this cruise was truly a delight and the sail down the St Lawrence Seaway is a must, even if it was deja vue for me as I last did in 1969 when I emigrated.


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Cabin Review

Cabin OH D24

Could do with a little more drawer space, but we managed just fine. Our cabin was towards the bow and was quiet apart from one night in rough seas when there was a banging noise.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

New York (Brooklyn, Red Hook)

We had my husband's sister here to visit in the evening, so we disembarked early, had no problem at all with immigration and were walking towards Broadway at 08.30. We took the hop on hop off bus which has three routes, was $54 US each and was very good value.

We took the subway in the evening to visit family and also got the subway back late at night without any problems at all.

Newport

A lovely port where we took a Trolley Tour which we had found on the internet. all our ports were DIY and much cheaper than ships tours.

Boston

Here in Boston again we took a Hop on Hop Off Bus which included a river cruise on the Charles River. Excellent value and we saw a lot more of the city than we would have done on a ships tour.

Portland (Maine)

We were slightly disappointed with Portland, not a lot to see and not particularly attractive, but again, we did a bus tour and were glad we did not do more.

Bar Harbor

A beautiful place and here with had booked online with Ollies Trolleys. If you don't get in to the port for any reason, they refund your money. It was an excellent tour and included a visit to Breakers, one of the mansions. Very good value for money.

Saint John (New Brunswick)

Our first Canadian port and we were lucky enough to get talking to one of the guides in the Welcome Tent. He was just going off duty and offered to drive us around and even took us to the Reversing Falls. We bought him a coffee in the market and spent some time chatting. A wonderful day.

Halifax

We absolutely love Halifax. Again we took a bus/trolley tour found locally. All these ports have welcome areas and you can quite simply book a tour when you arrive. This is a lovely city with some very interesting places to see, like the Titanic Museum and other sites.

Quebec City

Well Quebec has to be the highlight of this cruise. It is stunning, very French and just a delight. Very easy to find your way around and even though there is a funicular to the top part, we walked it. We also had dinner ashore here which was most enjoyable.

the Museum of Immigration is a must.

St John's Newfoundland.

Didn't have room for another port. St John's is OK, the sail in is amazing as it is very narrow and Arcadia is about the biggest ship that could do it.


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