P&O Cruises | ArcadiaBy on 07 August 2017
My wife and I chose this particular cruise itinerary as a contrast to the cruises we had taken previously. We were apprehensive with regards to the weather conditions but our concerns were unnecessary. The weather in both Norway and Iceland could not have been better. The scenery in the Fjords was stunning, complimented by the weather. You need to book excursions to get a sense of the country as both Flaam and Geiranger are quite small. We took the scenic railway in Flaam and chose to walk back to the village later. This was a very pleasant day and in Geiranger we chose the roof of Norway trip. On that particular day it was spectacular. Be warned, if the weather is bad, visibility would be very limited, for us it was excellent. A three course meal was provided at a Norwegian hotel, the surroundings and the food were both excellent.
Our sea crossing to Iceland was very calm, having to enter the arctic circle prior to our first stop in Akureyri. We spent the morning in the town which is only a short walk from the ship. Everything was too expensive to tempt us into making a purchase but the town and its setting was very interesting. Our afternoon excursion, Nature and History was good with an informative and entertaining local guide. The highlight of this trip was probably the Godafoss Waterfall. We saw several whales on exiting Akureyri and also photographed the Midnight Sun which is an experience. Our second Icelandic stop was Isafjordur which was a small working port and town. As we hadn’t booked a trip for that day there is little to say other then the town can be explored quite quickly. In Reykjavik the golden circle tour is a must do. It shows you where the tectonic plates are separating, the mighty Gulfoss Waterfall, the hot springs and spectacular geyser, an extinct volcano and the geo thermal power station serving Reykjavik. The capital was a very pleasant city to explore but as previously stated, very expensive.
The levels of service on-board were generally of a very high standard and our cabin was maintained impeccably. One male assistant in the photo gallery had forgotten that he worked in customer service. This was unfortunate as everyone else met or exceeded expectations. The sea crossing to Dublin was quite rough as predicted by our captain and the open decks were closed in the interests of safety. It didn’t concern me as there was plenty of public areas to relax in. Dublin was an interesting experience with plenty to fill our day having chosen to find our own way. Plenty of information was provided to facilitate this.
In summary it was a very enjoyable holiday with little to criticise but I would always look for the best deal available.