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Arcadia is 'Child free' - which means no under 21s - so two of the three would not even be allowed on board. Personally I think they would be bored stiff and I suggest that you find a more youthful cruise line - such as RCI.
Berlitz Guide states no under 18s on the Arcadia, so they should be able to go on this cruise.
I called P&O to verify this and the girl told me it was 21 - Berlitz has been known to be wrong on many issues before.....
Thanks,Aldrich,have confirmed with P&O that Arcadia takes from 18yrs but agree with you that while a great cruise for us, its not going to work for them so am looking at AURORA for cruise ex UK.
I went on Arcadia in 2006 and was worried about the age range and I went on a cruise for my 40th Birthday..... have to say the age range was mixed ranging from 30+ - 80. There were not many younger ages similar to your children but depends what you want - a family holiday or the kids can be independant and meet new people? Although I enjoyed Arcadia and cannot fault P & O think another cruise may be more suitable.
The Arcadia is not on a Caribbean cruise at Christmas. The Aurora is though and we were on last years Xmas cruise with 2 young 24 and 20 year olds. They had a great time and there was enough company to keep them occupied. We enjoyed it so much that we are repeating the exercise this year. Hope to see you on board. Capnpugwash.
Have been on Arcadia twice. We are in our fifties and don't think this ship would suit young people. We felt young on it although it suits us, it would be such a dissappointment to spend the money and your kids not to enjoy themselves. Ventura might be a better option. Went on that for a short break . Plenty of teenager's etc all seeming to enjoy themselves. Hope this helps.
I was on my honeymoon this year on Arcadia, have to say wish I had boooked Ventura instead as there was no atmosphere in the evening at all. After the shows had finished about 11ish everyone had dissapeared. There was only about 3 other couples in their 20's who kept to themselves really.
Also the activities that seem to be on Arcadia are keyed much to the older market such as whist drives, bridge etc.
Nothing for the younger market.
So I would suggest looking at other cruises or even other companies such as Royal Carribean as I am sure christmas on Independence of the seas would be much more exciting than on P&O ships.
I don't think that this is the best ship for your children. I have cruised four times on Arcadia and it is a lovely ship but the average age tends to be high fifties. I think your family would enjoy Ocean Village 2 (not 1) It is a lovely ship. It is free style cruising. Has an amazing spa and great excursions like mountain biking and lots of outdoor activities.
We had our siver wedding anniversary on Arcadia. I have 2 daughters aged 23 and 20 and this is definatley not the best ship for them.
It is definatley an older clientel. Not much fun for them.
We have done both Princess and Royal Carribean a few times and they are definatley the ships for the family. Lots going on, lots of night life, really fantastic ships for the young ones.