Arcadia World Cruise – Southampton to Auckland 5th January to 11 March 2013
Phyllis Arnold | September 5, 2013 | P&O Cruises | Arcadia
Both my husband and I agree that this was one of the best cruises we have been on and when it came time to leave the ship in Auckland we were sorry to leave Arcadia and wished we had booked the full world cruise.
The service given by our cabin steward and waiters in the Meridian restaurant were excellent. On the whole the food served both in the main restaurant and Belvedere self-service was the best food we have had on a P&O cruise.
The standard of entertainers appearing in the theatre were the best we have seen on any cruise and the singers and dancers in the Headliners production team were of a high standard.
What attracted us to this cruise was the itinerary visiting Rio, Montevidao, Falkland Islands, Cape Horn, Chilian fjords and so many south Pacific islands along with Brisbane, Sydney, followed by 5 ports of call in New Zealand. The weather was very mixed with a good many overcast days with showers and some ports of call were disappointing especially in South America. The biggest disappointment for everyone on board was not being able to land on the Falkland Islands due to strong winds and heavy swell and some passengers were not very happy with Captain Sarah Breton for making that decision.
It was a pleasure to welcome on board 35 inhabitants of Pitcairn Island who brought some of their wares to sell and a morning of brisk trading was carried out. What a remote place to live with the supply boat not expected for another month!
The islanders of Tahiti, Bora Bora, Fiji and Noumea in New Caledonia made us feel very welcome. One criticism of P&O, why did they allocate only a 4 hour visit to Noumea? It’s a south sea paradise and merits a full day stay.
The only way to describe Brisbane was wet, wet, wet and the residents couldn’t stop apologising for the awful weather.
Arriving in Sydney as dawn was breaking, passing the opera house, the ship berthing in the centre of Sydney right next to the Bridge was fantastic. We were spoilt for choice where to visit, but decided on catching the harbour ferry to Manly and in the evening visiting the Opera House to see a performance of Verdi’s “Falstaff” (thank goodness they showed subtitles as it was sung in Italian). The next day we caught the ferry to visit the vibrant Darling Harbour area.
We love New Zealand and the weather couldn’t have been better. We sailed into Millford Sound under clear skies and not a drop of rain in sight. It was spectacular.
Exploring Dunedin was lovely followed by a new port of call for P&O at Akaroa which is the nearest port to Christchurch 70 miles away. Akaroa is only a small place but very picturesque and well worth the visit. Napier was the next port, but why only a 4 hour stop. This art deco town deserves a longer visit. This was followed by Wellington with its good quality shops and cable car ride to the Botanical Gardens. Finally to Auckland where we waved farewell to Arcadia. We stayed a further 2 nights in Auckland and found the “Hop on Hop off” bus service invaluable.
Thanks P&O for still keeping the shuttle buses from the port into towns free of charge. But we think you will have to watch your pricing for excursions as they appear to be getting excessive.
All the travel arrangements, hotels and flights arranged through Bolsover Cruise Club went perfect and we arrived back home safe if somewhat jet lagged.
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