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P&O Arcadia First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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18 P&O Arcadia First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

L0uise avatar


1 Review Written

24 Helpful Votes

Depressing Ship; Shabby


Always wanted to do a cruise never again, though we have been told we was very very unlucky, it was like an old peoples home age range between 75-100 no I'm not kidding, I like old people but wouldn't choose to be ...
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Sail Date May 2016

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adam pasha

1 Review Written

25 Helpful Votes

Steady as she goes but unspectacular.

General: I took the cruise on the Arcadia 1-17 March 2016, Sydney-Brisbane-Yorkey’s Knob (Cairns)-Alotau (Papua New Guinea)-Manila-Hong Kong. The Arcadia caters largely for the over-65s, mainly British ...
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Sail Date March 2016

bobupandown avatar


1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Great first cruise; ran like a well oiled machine.

We didn't know what to expect as this was our first cruise. Southampton: Embarkation was brilliantly organised CPS (Cruise Parking service) Attendants took our cases from the boot, next time we saw them was in ...
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Sail Date November 2015

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Kim lewis

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Arcadia, Lovely Ship

This was my first cruise and after reading the recent reviews I was very concerned that I would not have enjoyed it . There was no need to worry as it was brilliant I could not fault this ship in anyway . The crew ...
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Sail Date November 2015

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The Dams

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Great first cruise

We really didn't know what to expect as this as our first cruise but have no complaints really as we thought it was wonderful and service very good at all times. The decor was fine and we are shocked by some peoples ...
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Sail Date November 2015

kkymmy avatar


1 Review Written

A good place start...

This was my first cruise and I was travelling alone, I wanted to try cruising without committing to a) too much time on board or b) a really expensive, lengthy cruise just in case cruising wasn't for me. ...
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Sail Date November 2015

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1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Nice Break

Cruised from Southampton via Azores to Carribbean and Madeira. The Arcadia was fabulous and the staff in bars and restaurant superb,friendly and couldnt do enough for you. James,Philip and Amruta,Lenson,Sunjay. ...
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Sail Date October 2015

lesley1944 avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Beware of the air conditioning

this wa sour very first cruise and we chose an adults only ship..the cabin was superb and the organisation onboard extremely good, food and service incredible...there are many negatives ...one in three of the ...
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Sail Date May 2015

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meldrew v

1 Review Written

Try it, see what you think; P&O dont care.

This was only our second cruise the first being with Royal Caribbean, no comparison. The ship looked OK and our cabin although a bit dingy was passable, however, it soon became apparent that this ship was getting ...
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Sail Date November 2014

Poppet52 avatar


2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Perfect Introduction to Cruising and Guernsey

We joined the Arcadia at Southampton for our very first cruise. Embarkation was fairly swift, despite the long queues. Everyone was then directed to the Belvedere Restaurant for a buffet lunch, prior to the cabins ...
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Sail Date August 2014

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1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Absolutely horrid!

To temper what I am about to write, I will start by saying I never write reviews as I am aware that peoples' opinions are varied and what may be excellent to some is terrible to another. I also don't like the idea ...
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Sail Date June 2014

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2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Worth waiting for

The wife and I are in our late 60's and have been travelling internationally, and extensively, for the past 35 years, but we'd never been on a cruise before. We chose this cruise to Singapore for a "toe in the ...
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Sail Date February 2014

bellybee avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

First cruise was wonderful. We cruised to Norway.

This was our first ever cruise and we stayed in Southampton Premier Inn the night before the cruise. We found the CPS parking service and from there it was all very smooth. They took the car and gave us a ticket ...
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Sail Date June 2013

conkerer avatar


1 Review Written

P and O cost cutting!

Parking in Southampton..smooth and troublefree with ACP. Embarkation comfortable and quick. Dumped hand luggage in cabin early and joined bunfight in buffet. The cabin was comfortable even though showing signs of ...
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Sail Date August 2013

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1 Review Written

What's There Not To Like About Cruising

Embarkation - effortless and speedy Cabin (with balcony) - a good size, unpack and ready for a relaxing holiday Breakfast - usually healthy option in the Meridian was good and sociable Lunch - in the meridian was ...
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Sail Date July 2013

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1 Review Written

Wonderful 1st cruise

After taking a while to persuade my husband to give cruising a try a doubt we will do any other type of holiday! From start to finish it was a wonderful, relaxing holiday.We had read reviews on here and were a ...
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Sail Date June 2013

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1 Review Written

A Fantastic First Cruise

But there was no need to worried and the negative reviews seem completely unfair and/or overly critical. There was no sign of the "Arcadia cough" mentioned in other reviews. Our cabin was lovely, nice and roomy ...
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Sail Date October 2012

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1 Review Written

HongKong to Brisbane on Arcadia

OK, first off the good news: Arcadia is a great ship, the crew is excellent, the food is really good, the spa is brilliant, knowledgeable speakers on Asian art & astronomy etc, pretty good comedians/magicians, ...
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Sail Date February 2012

Arcadia Ratings

Public Rooms4.03.9
Fitness Recreation4.03.6
Value For Money4.03.4
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