Arcadia Caribbean Cruise
katie anderson | December 27, 2017 | P&O Cruises | Arcadia
On first impression, I found the ship to be a very contemporary and modern ship. I was informed previously that this was a large adult-only vessel with plenty of entertainment venues and choice onboard. I thought it would probably be aimed at the slightly younger market as P&O advertises ‘cruising for todays passengers’ in the brochure. Onboard it seemed to offer relaxation yet luxurious spa area and evening venues. There was some thing for everyone. I thought this would be very spacious and state-of-the-art in theme and I was right.
We had a disabled superior balcony cabin C138 which was very spacious. There was a shower only, no bath so much more room in bathroom than normal. As i entered the cabin i was pleasantly surprised and it was fully equipped with a plasma tv screen giving that modern edge. The balcony was a decent size although you could not fit a lounger on it, just two chairs and a small table.
My impressions did not really alter with regards to its interior decoration, there were many modern ornaments and paintings and the three tier palladium theatre was fascinating. The food in the restaurants was just as i had anticipated, of a very good standard, and the general atmosphere in the meridien restaurant was lovely. The alternative dining rooms, the Orchid and the Arcadian rhodes restaurants were out of this world, although we struggled for availablity on many evenings so I would recommend booking early as soon as you’re on board. They were worth the payable surcharge though. The evening entertainment was largley aimed around the resident Jazz band which was quite repetative. We did start to enjoy the comediens and theatre productions as they progressed through the fortnight.
Families are not applicable as adult only ship. We found the entertainment was largley aimed at aged 50+ passengers. For singles this ship would be fine as they held meetings in one of the lounges for single travellers to meet others. The dining room is an excellent opportunity for singles to mix though. We found there to be a few single passenger on our P&O shore excursions.
My final conclusion is that this is a very contemporary and modern ship with excellent facilities, such as pool areas and spa facilities. There is plenty of space onboard and friendly, professional crew. There is a good choice of dining options, some thing to suit each individual.The ship definitely appeals to the younger market with regards to layout and interior design, but saying that, senior travellers were the majority on this cruise. I personally feel it would benefit from some entertainment aimed at the younger market. Myself and my partner thoroughly enjoyed our visit overall though. The destinations we visited and the frequency of them made it a good mix.
I can strongly recommend the alternative dining rooms and also advise that the spas area on this ship is well worth a visit. If a client enjoys being pampered then this is definitely for them. There is a real laid-back atmosphere onboard so the real emphasis is on relaxation. It is a modern ship so open-minded people will really enjoy the difference of this ship. The destinations were absolutely brilliant so a combination of this state-of-the-art ship and Caribbean itinerary works very well.
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