Arcadia Cruise J310 August 2013
Moira Fuller | August 2, 2013 | P&O Cruises | Arcadia
We chose a P&O cruise on Arcadia to Central Mediterranean last August. There were four of us, ranging in age from 60 to 93 and so an ‘adult only’ ship was ideal for us. We’ve cruised many times, always with P&O and often on Arcadia, never being disappointed. We especially like Arcadia’s Crow’s Nest – sailing on a calm sea listening to a classical concert is so relaxing – and also Arcadia’s 3 tier theatre. We find Arcadia a very friendly ship.
There were so many highlights during this cruise that it is difficult to know where to start.
As expected we had good food – including the meals served at the Neptune Grill and salad bar when we couldn’t drag ourselves away from the pool and sundeck – a comfortable cabin (although inside, it was well equipped and the cabin steward could not have been more attentive) and excellent service from all staff at each bar and dining area on this attractive ship.
The weather was superb. We thought nothing could beat having breakfast on deck each morning until the morning we had breakfast on deck in the beautiful port of Dubrovnik! After climbing the steps to walk the walls of this 12th century city we were rewarded by stunning views of the harbour and the old town. Sailing into Venice along the Grand Union Canal past St Mark’s Square and the Doges’ Palace was well worth getting up early to see and something I don’t think we will ever tire of doing. It was our first visit to Cartagena in Spain and we were surprised by the beautiful buildings in this town. Cadiz with its long sandy beaches – seen from an open topped bus – also surprised us.
We took part in various on board activities. I enjoyed the line dancing class each sea day, though we sometimes struggled to keep our balance as the ship moved, and my friend joined the choir. We all enjoyed the choir’s concert at the end of the cruise. Thank you to entertainment officer Suzanne for both activities.
An unexpected treat came from the Professional dancers Leighton and Jo when they gave demonstrations. Wow! How did he throw her around so effortlessly?
My mum, at the age of 93 was persuaded to put on her swimsuit and go into the pool. She didn’t stay in long but we have the photographs to prove that she did it.
The evening entertainment was second to none and we overheard several people say that it was the best they had experienced on a cruise. As always, the ‘Headliners Theatre company’ gave their all in every performance they undertook and we loved the latest ‘Queen’ show. There was a good variety of acts, each bringing something different and I’m sure something to suit everyone at some time. The Arcadia Orchestra must be commended for their contribution each evening and also the technical production team. For every performance the lighting was excellent and really enhanced each show.
Part of the attraction of this cruise was the fact that it was a ‘Stictly’ cruise with Craig Revel Horwood and two professional dancers – Ian Waite and Camilla Dallerup – on board during the final part of the cruise. We are fans of the show and loved seeing so many of the ‘Strictly’ dresses displayed in the foyer and also worn in the fashion show. It was fascinating to listen to the talks by the production team giving us insight into how the costumes are made and snippets of information from behind the scenes. We listened with interest to the interviews given by Craig, Ian and Camilla and laughed at Craig’s scathing description of the underpants he was obliged to buy in Arcadia’s on-board shop. Although he flew into Gibalta, our last port of call, his luggage did not accompany him! Often on cruises the final two days as we travel back to Southampton feel a little depressing as the holiday is almost over but on this cruise the ‘Strictly’ interviews and the fantastic showcase dance by Ian and Camilla on our final evening kept our spirits high until the very last moment.
It was an unforgettable cruise. Disembarking was only made bearable by the thought that we had another cruise booked in the not too distant future.
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