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#1
154 Posts
Joined Mar 2017
I am going on the June Baltic cruise. My friend and I only saw it as we passed the TA and booked it because of the itinary. I've looked in the threads and there aren't many posts.
So what do you good people out there think of the ship.
#2
Oxfordshire
660 Posts
Joined Jun 2016
There's a question that will start a huge debate!

My husband and I love her. We're on her for the 8th time on 2nd July.

Love the fact she is child free. P&O are one of the only cruise lines to have adult only ships which is a huge plus.

Love her glass lifts, numerous bars, large amount of deck space, hydrotherapy pool, covered pool, Sindhu, Ocean Grill, rear Suites........ effectively everything!

She has a dedicated cinema which most don't have. The Crow's Nest is gorgeous after a refit a couple of years ago. East Bar is lovely with wonderful views over the centre of the ship. The Piano Bar is wonderful. The main restaurant is very nice, and is a two tier restaurant with Club dining on the lower part and Freedom dining on the upper part.

There's also a great viewing area in front of the gym that not many people seem to go to - great for seeing arrivals in ports.

If she has bad points we have yet to find them.

However, if you're looking for glitzy you won't find it. No P&O ship is that - thank God.

Pretty sure others will come back with many other things.

We're sure you'll like her.

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#3
Hampshire, England
1,532 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
Originally posted by Mrs Tinkywinky
I am going on the June Baltic cruise. My friend and I only saw it as we passed the TA and booked it because of the itinary. I've looked in the threads and there aren't many posts.
So what do you good people out there think of the ship.
We have had two excellent cruises on Arcadia, one on the same itinerary that you are on.

I love the fact she is adult only.

AI assume you are going into St Petersburg. Here is a link of what to expect on an excursion...

https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com...st-petersburg/
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#4
Grand Canyon Concourse
279 Posts
Joined Dec 2013
I think Cruise Puss has summed Arcadia up pretty well.

Probably the only criticism is the lack of a true atrium, but that's such a moot point its hardly worth mentioning.

She's neither too big, nor too small and has a styish yet restrained modern aesthetic.
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#5
London
120 Posts
Joined Nov 2013
The only thing Cruise Puss missed was it has a proper Promenade deck, we have been on 7 other ships but keep coming back to Arcadia.
Unfortunately we have had to cancel the very cruise you are are on "thanks " to illness.
Have done the itinerary before but it is a good one enjoy
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#6
Solihull
2,136 Posts
Joined Sep 2013
I like to think she has a little bit of everything. As well as everything else mentioned I like the thermal suite and the Ocean Grill - my favourite restaurant on the fleet (lobster fan).
We have done 10 cruises on Arcadia and like her very much, I hope you have a great time x


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#7
154 Posts
Joined Mar 2017
Originally posted by Cruise Puss
There's a question that will start a huge debate!

My husband and I love her. We're on her for the 8th time on 2nd July.

Love the fact she is child free. P&O are one of the only cruise lines to have adult only ships which is a huge plus.

Love her glass lifts, numerous bars, large amount of deck space, hydrotherapy pool, covered pool, Sindhu, Ocean Grill, rear Suites........ effectively everything!

She has a dedicated cinema which most don't have. The Crow's Nest is gorgeous after a refit a couple of years ago. East Bar is lovely with wonderful views over the centre of the ship. The Piano Bar is wonderful. The main restaurant is very nice, and is a two tier restaurant with Club dining on the lower part and Freedom dining on the upper part.

There's also a great viewing area in front of the gym that not many people seem to go to - great for seeing arrivals in ports.

If she has bad points we have yet to find them.

However, if you're looking for glitzy you won't find it. No P&O ship is that - thank God.

Pretty sure others will come back with many other things.

We're sure you'll like her.

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Thanks for that. It doesn't seem to have started a huge debate. There has been little response really.
#8
154 Posts
Joined Mar 2017
Originally posted by Florry
I like to think she has a little bit of everything. As well as everything else mentioned I like the thermal suite and the Ocean Grill - my favourite restaurant on the fleet (lobster fan).
We have done 10 cruises on Arcadia and like her very much, I hope you have a great time x


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Think I will definitely give it a try , big fish and seafood fan as well.
#9
154 Posts
Joined Mar 2017
Originally posted by TOMOGP
The only thing Cruise Puss missed was it has a proper Promenade deck, we have been on 7 other ships but keep coming back to Arcadia.
Unfortunately we have had to cancel the very cruise you are are on "thanks " to illness.
Have done the itinerary before but it is a good one enjoy
Thankyou. Perhaps a morning jog around the Prom deck to start off some early morning arrivals in port.
#11
Hampshire,England
335 Posts
Joined Jan 2013
We did a short cruise on her a couple of years ago but recently did a 17 nighter which gave us a good chance to get a feel for her. Although I agree with most of the positive points for us there was one major negative...limited choice of eating venues. I would agree about the atrium, definitely not one to write home about so for the Captain's welcome reception on the first formal night we had to go to the Neptune Bar!! Very odd standing around the pool on formal gear! Having said all that we are on again for the Scandinavia and Russia cruise next August. Maybe there will be a Glass House by then! The positives outweigh the negatives!


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#12
Grand Canyon Concourse
279 Posts
Joined Dec 2013
Originally posted by Elviex
I would agree about the atrium, definitely not one to write home about so for the Captain's welcome reception on the first formal night we had to go to the Neptune Bar!! Very odd standing around the pool on formal gear!
Yup, that is a little unusual. especially when you're in warmer climes and the roof is closed. Phew.. it gets a little warm in there. Still, I chalk that up to being a novelty of the ship.

Originally posted by Elviex
Having said all that we are on again for the Scandinavia and Russia cruise next August. Maybe there will be a Glass House by then!
I wouldn't get your hopes up. I think the next refurb is just a spruce up, no big changes.

And I'm not sure where they'd put a Glass House on the Arcadia - however that's not to say they cannot nor will not in the future.
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#13
Oxfordshire
660 Posts
Joined Jun 2016
Originally posted by Elviex
Captain's welcome reception on the first formal night we had to go to the Neptune Bar!! Very odd standing around the pool on formal gear!

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They've been holding both Captain's Welcome Receptions and Portunus/Penisular Club Parties in the indoor pool areas on Aurora and Arcadia on and off for some years, although we haven't had one for a few now. They used to hold them in Crow's Nest on Arcadia, but since it has been refurbished they no longer do so.
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#14
Southampton
11 Posts
Joined Apr 2013
A few years ago we did a 17 nighter to the Adriatic, Venice etc. My best memory is spending time at the deck bar at the back of the ship, lounging in the lovely cushioned rattan chairs whilst watching beautiful sunsets. It's also a very good venue for the Hawaiian party night. We usually cruise on the larger family friendly ships so did find Arcadia different but it has its own special appeal and our cruise on her remains one of my favourites. Sure you'll have an amazing time. Enjoy!


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#15
154 Posts
Joined Mar 2017
Originally posted by RobinRed62
A few years ago we did a 17 nighter to the Adriatic, Venice etc. My best memory is spending time at the deck bar at the back of the ship, lounging in the lovely cushioned rattan chairs whilst watching beautiful sunsets. It's also a very good venue for the Hawaiian party night. We usually cruise on the larger family friendly ships so did find Arcadia different but it has its own special appeal and our cruise on her remains one of my favourites. Sure you'll have an amazing time. Enjoy!


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Thankyou. I may get hooked on this cruising lark !
#16
Solihull
2,136 Posts
Joined Sep 2013
Originally posted by Mrs Tinkywinky
Do you know if you can pay for the hydrotherapy pool separately or is it part of the spa?


You pay for it at the spa. A full cruise pass is about £150 for one and £250 for two on a 14 night cruise (I think there was a price list on one of the recent threads). You can buy day tickets but only if there are spaces, I find that people are increasingly reluctant to buy whole cruise passes and take the risk. For your money you get access to the hydropool, hot beds and steam rooms. They used to advertise the showers and steam rooms as aromatherapy rooms, but I don't think they do that anymore - in fact I only experienced it once on an early cruise. The hit beds are differing temperatures.


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#17
154 Posts
Joined Mar 2017
Originally posted by Florry
You pay for it at the spa. A full cruise pass is about £150 for one and £250 for two on a 14 night cruise (I think there was a price list on one of the recent threads). You can buy day tickets but only if there are spaces, I find that people are increasingly reluctant to buy whole cruise passes and take the risk. For your money you get access to the hydropool, hot beds and steam rooms. They used to advertise the showers and steam rooms as aromatherapy rooms, but I don't think they do that anymore - in fact I only experienced it once on an early cruise. The hit beds are differing temperatures.


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Thankyou for the info. The odd day would be nice as we will be on shore for two thirds of the time so a full pass would not be of much use.
#18
Devon
179 Posts
Joined Jul 2015
I was on an Arcadia cruise last month and hardly anyone used the Spa. Could that be an age thing where Arcadia passengers tend to be older? You should have no trouble getting a day pass on that ship although the other P&O ships I have travelled on (Ventura and Azura) I found the Spa better used but not overcrowded by any means.
#19
7 Posts
Joined May 2017
I am on Arcadia now.
Good ..... deluxe balcony room ,good size plenty of storage
Easy ship to get around, plenty of lifts
Sindu restaurant
Ocean grill
Theatre ....seems a good size

BAD...
Entertainment , pretty dire ,there are a few good acts but entertainment areas too small
The Killer Queen night was cancelled , dont know why
Main dining room , food pretty poor , restaurant very noisy in places from the engine noise , no atmosphere especially noticable on formal night .
The main problem seems to be unhappy staff, a lot of people have commented on this ...the service levels are very poor ,serving of food is slap dash , plates slapped down, and cleared while others are eating , food cold.....we would rather eat in speciality restaurants or the buffet . It doesnt seem a happy ship , if staff are unhappy it has to have come from the top as another passenger commented.
If this ship had an itinary i liked at i price i liked we may sail on her again ,but she wont be first choice.We have spoken to passengers on their first cruise on P&O , this has not given them a good impression I am afraid
#20
154 Posts
Joined Mar 2017
Originally posted by Maizyday
I am on Arcadia now.
Good ..... deluxe balcony room ,good size plenty of storage
Easy ship to get around, plenty of lifts
Sindu restaurant
Ocean grill
Theatre ....seems a good size

BAD...
Entertainment , pretty dire ,there are a few good acts but entertainment areas too small
The Killer Queen night was cancelled , dont know why
Main dining room , food pretty poor , restaurant very noisy in places from the engine noise , no atmosphere especially noticable on formal night .
The main problem seems to be unhappy staff, a lot of people have commented on this ...the service levels are very poor ,serving of food is slap dash , plates slapped down, and cleared while others are eating , food cold.....we would rather eat in speciality restaurants or the buffet . It doesnt seem a happy ship , if staff are unhappy it has to have come from the top as another passenger commented.
If this ship had an itinary i liked at i price i liked we may sail on her again ,but she wont be first choice.We have spoken to passengers on their first cruise on P&O , this has not given them a good impression I am afraid
Oh well. I'm going tomorrow and this is my first cruise booked solely on the itiniary so I shall report back. I can live without any evening entertainment but would like lectures and talks.
Thanks for the feedback.