Pros and Cons of Arcadia cruise
M Manning | January 19, 2018 | P&O Cruises | Arcadia
We cruised on Arcadia for the first time, on 7th August to the Mediterranean. Our experience was very mixed, whereas on our previous cruises on Oriana, we have never expressed anything but praise when reflecting on the cruises. As always with P and O, the service from the crew was superb, without exception – which is definitely P and O`s strongest point. Meals in the restaurant were excellent, but the Belvedere self-service buffet constantly majored on curry and was extremely shabby and often overcrowded. Our “luxury” balcony cabin was fine, although not luxurious!
Our biggest disappointment was the unbelievably short time allowed ashore on port days. I calculated, from the information provided din the ship`s log, that we had about 40 hours ashore, compared with 10 days at sea. Everyone we chatted with agreed that this was a cost-cutting exercise, providing reduced port fees and facilitating incredibly slow sailing, the ship often appearing to move hardly at all. We paid the Advantage fare (usually hugely more than that paid by almost everyone we spoke to) and felt that the cruise offered very poor value for money. Without doubt, P and O are alienating faithful customers by their determination to increase profits to the detriment of cruisers.
Another “downside” was the size of the cinema – only 30 seats! When a decent film was being shown, it was always full with many people being unable to get a seat.
A big plus for us was the concert pianist, who gave 6 superb recitals. Unfortunately, these were given in the Crows Nest, where quite understandably some people continued to read their books, do puzzles etc. and additionally, seating for the recital was simply the normal informal “lounge” arrangement, which meant that many of us had to sit with our backs to the pianist, This, we felt, was very disrespectful to the pianist as well as diminishing the enjoyment of many of us. I asked the cruise director if some of the chairs could be arranged in rows – this happened once, but for the remainder of of the recitals it was back to the hotch potch of seating.
We felt disappointed at the end of the cruise which did not, in our opinion live up to its description, nor to the standard we have found on Oriana.
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