Go to the Cruise Line section on this website. They have details of all the lines there and give you an idea of who they are most suitable for. This might help you decide if the Arcadia is suitable for you or not. generally most cruise lines now attract a wide range of ages but some will suit younger people more and others older. I gues it also depends on how much formality or informality you want. Looking at some of the reviews on this site will give you an idea of what to expect too. The caribbean is definitely a great destination for cruising with most Ports of Call having only a short walk from the ship before you get to the main towns and taxis are always plentiful if you fancy exploring further afield. Whichever cruise you end up booking, I hope you have a fabulous tim.
Although we are not your sort of age group our children are!!!! we haven't been on Arcadia but we have been on Sea Princess twice and found it to be brilliant for all age groups and feel that probably there would be more younger people on it. i think Arcadia has more of a reputation for the slightly older person (like ourselves i hasten to add!) We were on Sea Princess last June and it was superb. Might be wise to check the reviews on this site.
Have you looked at RCI for a younger crowd and a classier newer ship?
My Wife and I went on the Arcadia last year(2006). We are both in our sixties, but quite lively and not at all dodery. We and some of our fellow travellers were surprised at the number of "invalid" passengers who would appear to attracted to the "child free" status of this ship. Some of these so called invalids behaved in an appalling manner. Their internittent ailment seemed to come and go at their covenience. It did seem that they wereonly interested in being put at the front of any queue and receiving special attention. I saw one woman who went arround the ship in wheelchair and insisted on the front seat on all coach trips vacat her chair on one trip to ascend a flight of stairs two at a time ! Another so called invalid pussehed her own chair around , using it as luggage trolley and place reservation. She parked it at the table of her choice while she went off to select lunch without even the aid of a stick. There were numerous other cases of extreme selfishnes, maily concerning reserving seating and expecting other passengers to vacate lifts so they could get in. We were thouroughly disgusted with the behaviour of this section of passengers and would never go on this ship again. It should be said that our experience of children on other P&O ships is that their behaviour is far better than their elders. Wilst we would recommend P&O, we suggest that you avoid the Arcadia.
I have been on arcadia, i was 24 and my partner 28. I had a good time but like others have mentioned a livelier one may be better, i recommend Princess or Royal Caribbean.
I think you will find that there are fewer really old people on Caribbean cruises as most of them do not like flying and most of the Caribbean cruises are fly cruises.
We sailed on Arcadia in September and the age range on our table (8) was mainly around late thirties 5 off and 3 in there 50's. I didn't feel out of place and for the most part had a great time and are looking to sail on Arcadia again. Try the Orchid Bar for a pre dinner drink and the Crow's Nest late on. I would not want to be a billy no mates on a table on my own try a table for 8 and eat in the Rhodes and the Orchid as a treat.
Thanks very much for all your helpful suggestions - we've taken it all on board, so to speak... :) We've decided to go with Arcadia as it suits the timing of the wedding, and overall people seemed to have had a good time. Will let you know how we get on.