24 Night Carribean cruise Southampton to Southampton
kevin mitchell | November 13, 2017 | P&O Cruises | Arcadia
I haven’t cruised since 2003 after my wife passed away it got too expensive. However recently I was told I couldn’t fly due to a medical condition and decided a cruise from/to Southampton was the answer and enable me to get some sun on weary bones.
I was apprehensive about the number of sea days but there was plenty to do, some very interesting lectures and talks, and no problem with getting a sunbed for some warming up. The casino staff were superb and the rising sun good fun, although karaoke is definately not my cup of tea and was horrendous. No one need apply to x-factor.
I personally like the formal nights and the dress code was observed by pretty much everyone, there were plenty of options for those who didnt want to dress and I was quite impressed with the standard of food in the buffet, on the odd day at very busy times they did struggle a bit, but given the volume on those particular occasions they coped admirably.
I didn’t go to the main shows apart from Electra, a violin duo who I had seen before and are superb. Everything from classical to gypsy and hoedown a fantastic performance. The duo and guitar man in the Rising Sun were quite good but the piano lady in the piano bar a bit disappointing.
The lost marks are mainly for the amount of issues with plumbing around the ship and the other passengers! Why do P&O passengers moan so much! I got fed up with everyone whining that standards had dropped, the demise of silver service, 20 years ago we got this or that… yeah Gods your on holiday.
Despite the plumbing issues etc. the staff were superb and couldn’t do enough to help. Hopefully the refit will solve the plumbing issues and if I travel on her again I will stay in the casino and Rising Sun, the customers there seemed intent on enjoying their holiday rather than moaning about it.
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