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Arcadia J717 carribean 7 -31st october 2017

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st kitts today quite an onshore breeze to start.

no early bed nappers must be on a tour or tired from antigua.

tour this morning carribean cuisine, bus out to restored plantation house cokkery demo and tasting along with ginger cordial and shopping.

hilarious bus driver and tour guide super demo and food. back for 12.30 and some duty free shopping.

whats not to like.

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right where are we today lol, ah yes martinique ooh la la.

again overcast and breezy start to the day, bit foggy out to sea but warming niceley.

reasonable pier to shops distance and there are trike taxis to run you from the ship to the end of the pier if you need it.

various parts are complaining today after yesterdays exertions so i think a bit of r&r and a bit of sunbathing today.

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ok a little about the entertainment thus far.

i am not a theatre person on the whole so i will only mention shows i went to etc.

best thing so far electra a violin duo who were brilliant and the only show ive been to in the theatre and that really only as i had seen them before.

around the ship the duo matt & sarah performing regularly in the rising sun are very good as is instrumentalist chris shaw.

not so great the pianist i heard at various times passing through the piano bar, very talented and a good voice but her attempts at improvised links and twiddly bits during songs just sounds forced i felt she was technically good and if she stuck to the script so to speak it would be much better.

the real bummer though was the sailaway party from antigua, no steel band music or even reggae or ub40, some sort of south american clubby stuff that left everyone cold. after about 20 minutes the only people left were the hard core smokers in the smoking area. now i know the average age on here is probably into the 70's so why on earth would you play beat bop club music. whoever organised it should be keel hauled.

for the classical buffs there have been various performances in the globe, i cant comment as not my thing really.

60's and 70's party night tonight may be a possibility in the aquarius at 9.45.

party sailaway of singalong favourites and party dance classics at 5.15 doesnt fill me with hope. after the so called carribean sailaway. whats that vera lynn and acid house ??? could be an interesting combo.

 

 

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hot hot hot.

scorcher today an hours sunbathing this afternoon i think was worth triple that in terms of rays, but it was all i could manage.

loveley. just what the knees ordered. even got the top off for a while but didnt want to scare the locals too much they may have set greenpeace on me.

an early shower and a nap methinks.

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The DJ on my cruise earlier this year told me that the playlist is pre-loaded by staff at Carnival Towers in Southampton and that he had no flexibility to use other music.  Not sure if it was true or not but nothing would surprise me with P&O shore-side.  Great posts Mitch.

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sailaway last night much better at least the music was appropriate and as advertised. the entertainments teams hi de hi style efforts a bit naff for me but most seemed to enjoy.

the boogie nights in the palladium v good as was the 60's,70's.

st lucia today will let you know lol.

oh yes just a thought " why book a carribean cruise and complain its too hot/sunny ?????"

only brits eh lol.

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3 hours ago, mitch said:

sailaway last night much better at least the music was appropriate and as advertised. the entertainments teams hi de hi style efforts a bit naff for me but most seemed to enjoy.

the boogie nights in the palladium v good as was the 60's,70's.

st lucia today will let you know lol.

oh yes just a thought " why book a carribean cruise and complain its too hot/sunny ?????"

only brits eh lol.

I did say wait until you get to the Caribbean and they start moaning it's too hot .. hee hee we've all met them :rolleyes:

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ok st lucia again hot and hopefully sunny, bit ocast to start.

shame about the berth but then its a working port so to be expected.

duty free shops and souveniers right at bottom of the gang plank almost, so easy day for me.

the veiws of the forest and mountains look so inviting wish i could survive a trip out but common sense must prevail the knees certainly wouldnt get me where i would love to go lol.

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Very rarely do the British ships get the best berth at Port Seraphine, we have been to St  Lucia many times and only docked once at what I call 'the good side', at least these days they have a decent duty free area on both sides of the water which wasn't always the case but it's quite a nice easy walk to get from one side to the other or of course you can take the water taxi.

It's a shame you are not up to doing a tour Mitch as it really is a beautiful island but look on the bright side it's a good excuse to book another Caribbean cruise :)

 

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phew its hot out there lol mind one good thing its rum punch day £3.50 a pop. also pina colada is cocktail of the day for the same, decisions decisions.

still thats 2 of my five a day isnt it?

and tommorrow is double distillary day trip in barbados ha ha.

very happy days.

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no the rum lol.

barbados day trip 2 distillaries before lunch.

we were on our third sample by 10.30.

i will sort pics etc later or in the morning had a couple of computer/internet issues to solve.

all is well though.

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ok catch up as i had a couple of computer/internet issues.

and the legs gave up the ghost for a while.

2 days ago we were in barbados.

half day trip barbados finest blends, a visit to 2 distillaries,departed at 09.30 and by 10.00 we were on our third tot of neat rum having the complexities of the flavours explained etc. very informative and interesting especially if you like a drop as i do. needless to say it ended in the gift shop after a visit to a reduced price bar to try cocktails. by 11.30 we were at the second distillary repeating effectively distillary one. again very interesting and lubricating as they do things a little differently and the tastes very different. back to ship around 13.30.

the walk back to the ship was a killer, nothing to do with the rum but i had found out the maximum walking/steps the knees will take.

definately reccomend the trip if your in barbados.

next day we began the trip back, a bit lumpy overnight and windy yesterday but glorious sunshine.

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Been reading the posts Mitch...I couldn't go on the Arcadia because I had a few unfortunate personal crises.....not to worry will Defoe go next time. Have the pins finally given up the ghost ? Pics looked great....what about a few of the ship would like to see what I'm missing. Happy cruising ship mate....

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the distillary trip was def the limit of my walking/standing ability the knees swelled considerably when we got back and the hips/lower back decided to come out in sympathy i think probably as i was compensating as the day went. i over did it i think and had to totally rest and increase the painkillers etc so the day after was a wash out really. much better now. the internet is patchy and to that end a bit disapointing for £10 a day.

i will go round and get some ship shots over the next few days as you will see from todays the veiw from the rear deck is bit boring lol.

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weather looks beautiful Mitch. There are quite a few free sun beds, I expected it to be a bit of a dash for them. Mind you its good that its not crowded. You been in the casino again ? whats that like ? I got images of Monte Carlo but smaller...Bet you feel like Bond in there..lol. it looks very calm when you see the boat cam...is that an optical illusion ?  You would certainly expect a bit more from the internet at £10 a day but I guess being at sea has its obvious probs. keep em coming those shots, its only increasing my wish to get on a cruise....Take it easy ship mate ! 

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whats the dress code like at dinner mitch ? I'm a bit partial to dressing in the old whistle n Flute. I do the after dinner speeches occasionally at the sports and social. I like a good dinner and a Glass of nice wine. Its one of my main reasons for going on a cruise...fine dining. Do you like a tipple at lunch time ? Do the bars get packed or can you just glide in an out without being barged about...? keep it real ship mate..

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mostly what they term evening casual open neck shirt,tailored trousers/smart jeans but i havent seen any denim, but quite a few wear jacket and tie even for this. i am partial to a proper shirt double cuffs and cufflinks and trousers sometimes with jacket usually sans tie. formal nights have been well observed with a fine collection of tux variations. i am on the fixed 20.30 dining, but from what ive seen on this cruise is those who dont wish to dress stick with the buffet.

the main dining and the main one with no fixed time both seem to be more dressy. there have been the odd one or two who have taken the odd liberty but nothing like shorts and flip flops ive seen on other lines.

the bars seem very quiet on here most of the time even the rising sun hasnt even seemed busy during the football showings.

i like the east bar up at the top near the sindhu restaurant thats where i go before dinner great veiws over the pool with the retractable roof and has a smoking area to the one side outside of course. intermezzo is also good after dinner they have the best port stock its patchy elsewhere.

its a bit odd though if you order with the barman he then gives your card to a waiter who does the paperwork so to speak then he gives you your drink.

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