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Arcadia J717 carribean 7 -31st october 2017

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shiver me timbers ship mate...there is lots of open space, I had visions of it being very crowded as there are a good few thousand on board. Are you coping alright with the dodgy knees. I have a prosthetic, so also I struggle a bit to get about like I used to. I was a pretty active type a few years ago and it is sometimes a bit stressful as you think u can still scale the heights. Everyone seems so laid back, which would suit me down to the ground and I could have a holiday where I could really relax.

I thought with cruises like this you register a card and pay for your drinks at the end of the trip...? I do like the odd G & T in the afternoon/evening and the east bar sounds like it'd be definitely the place to be....bet its great there watching the sun going down.

Football in the Rising sun......I'm guessing your team are in the Prem......? Dare I ask ? lol.....You said your from chesterfield but are your team...lol

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Just got the other pool pics and the Bars etc. Mitch.....what a stunning Vessel. I cant wait now for when I can Splice the main brace and get on a voyage. Its good to see that even with ya limited mobility you have managed to get about and get those shots. It fills me full of happy anticipation that I too will be able to enjoy cruising. It worried me because im a chunky bloke and I find balance goes every now and then, but from what I can see on board I will be happy hobbling about in the sun.....keep em coming mitch.

Whats happened to Jen Jen and dancing Queen....I liked hearing their views as they helped you along to your sail away...?

Bit concerned about Dinner though...if you're on your own do you get seated with different people all the time ? I think that might be a bit lonely ? I like a chat to new people, but if it was different people every night I might be a bit disjointed....I like a bit of consistency....

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i opted for a table for 8 at 20.30 same people each night although we are down to 6 as one couple changed to early sitting. weve had a right laugh.

not quite sure how fredom dining works as you tip up as and when your ready between 6.30 and 8.30 i dont know if you get a table for 2 or added to a table as it fills.

i only live near chesterfield was born in norwich so i am a canary and were in the championship. i dont usually watch football more an oval ball fan.

most of the ship is fine regarding mobility i am just restricted by pain, i have had to rest up a couple of afternoons particularly after day trips.

i restricted myself to half day trips and a lot of the islands ive seen before so it wasnt an issue. in the buffet the staff are great if your struggling to use a tray if youve got a stick they are there asking if you need them to carry for you etc.

the place to watch out for is the art gallery the floor is sloped in 2 different directions caused me no end of problems to start with as theres no other throughway on deck 2. i now avoid by using the prom deck on 3 to bypass it. i smoke ecigs anyway so it works fine i go up to 3 along the deck then down to 2 where the restaurant is. but it will depend where your cabin is.

the system on board is as you say you register a card then use your cabin key to pay for drinks etc but for some reason the waiters process the payment side the barman just makes the drinks, even if you stand at the bar.

the only place ive seen or felt remotely crowded is the buffet at lunchtime and the aft deck around 3ish on a sunny day.

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28 minutes ago, Jenjen said:

Well done Mitch as a roving reporter your doing a good job, you have got a real fan club on this forum I must say thank you, on my behalf and countless others I'm sure

He is indeed JJ and I will add my own thanks for the amusing stories so far :)

I'm sure now they are heading back across the Atlantic there will be a few more funnies coming our way.

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Looks like we got a bit in common Mitch. I am a member of Quins RFC. I used to coach youth rugby but unfortunately those days are over, but the club are a great support. 

Thats a great situation for dining...gives you a chance to get to know a group of people. I was hoping that would be the case as I enjoy interacting in a group...don't feel as comfortable with one to ones, or a rolling maul of people changing every day.

well done with those pics Mitch JJ is right you are a great roving reporter, keep em coming.

how are the knees....bet the warm weather is a godsend ?

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Ahoy there Mitch.....how was dinner ? did you get to do any partying or Casino..ing ? weather looks great again today....so I guess you'll be reclining in the sunshine.....What a life....I cant wait to get away on a cruise. You are proof that their is a great time to be had even if its on our own. Hope you've made some mega friends.....

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well its batten down the hatches time lol.

the weather couldnt last, next 48hrs storm 5metre swells pria de vitoria is out la carunna spain is on as substitute on sunday.

all loose objects to be secured so it looks like select a bar stool and hang on lol.

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Poor you but I'm sure you won't let the weather curb the human traits in fellow guests, without the sun bed sport what will the do?  I know they will tell story's about terrible sea condition they have sailed in how even the captain was sick, or they will have to take to the cabin,Oh joy

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ah no the back seat navigators are out in force:

its not that bad.

hes incompetant.

its a conspiracy.

i want compensation.

he could go to the azores hes just a wimp.

 

the azores trips are being automaticaly cancelled and refunded and la corrunna trips organised wheres the problem.

the forecast for the azores on friday is storm force winds and rain.

the forecast for spain on sunday is sun. its a no brainer as far as i am concerned.

 

even now its a little lumpy over the next 36 hours its going to build up to 5m swells when we are supposed to be in the azores its forcast to be twice the safe limit for the port. what else could he do.

essentially the only inconveniance is a swap in ports and frankly how is that an inconveniance unless you had arranged to meet someone there.

i reckon they would complain if someone told them they were being given 200g gold bars instead of 100g gold bars.

 

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at the moment its not bad when the suns out its good a little breezy the sea is def getting up slowly though. and will worsen for 36 hours.

when the sun goes behind a cloud theres a huge drop in temp.

there is a rum pun there but i dont think its clean enough for a public forum lol.

i dont mind it getting rough i am one of the lucky ones it takes a lot to mess my stomach probably due to the rum lining lol.

ive been on a naval ship in the south atlantic heading to the falklands i was sick as a dog then but that was huge seas.

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I don't know if you could manage it Mitch but the Crystal City tour in La Coruna is one of the best we have done. It was a coach tour with 4 stops the last one being at a restaurant for tapas with wonderful views over the city. The other 3 were a park with a great guide followed by a bit of a stroll, the fort near the harbour & then the Hercules lighthouse. The last 2 you could do as much or as little walking round  them as you wanted & the coach bits between the stops were very interesting.

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thanks for that 2torts, they havent come up with a tour list yet, a lot will depend on the damage to the knees etc trying to keep upright over the next day or so.

i think i may just hibernate in the east bar, tie myself to a bar stool and ride it out lol.

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hopefully the rough bits will be at night when i will be tucked up in bed.

although it does remind me about a cruise in the late nineties i wont go into details but one could say a storm invoked coitus interuptus.

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Enjoy the ride Mitch.  I went to the Azores on Oriana and we diverted from Horta to Praia da Vitoria so that we could dock instead of tender.  They must be expecting high seas if they cannot dock at Praia!  Enjoy A Coruna.  It is a lovely little place.

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With modern technology not so much rocking and rolling as it used to be, and sounds as if the captain has changed course to miss the really bad bits, perversely I love watching the white House's, our worst storm was on the Queen Mary, I sat with my daughter in the card room she took some amazing photoes, luckily I don't get sea sick on big boats, maybe on a little pleasure boat but not a cruise ship

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