Unless you take excursions, you'll miss most of what's around. you'll be stuck in a mile or two radious of the docks, and you'll bitterly regret it .
Surely you knew where the ship is going before you booked. Every cruise is different so how can we say? Well, it will be a mystery tour for you then.
You do not say what cruise you are going on so we cannot advise on docks or excursions, but yes I do have some positives. We have two Arcadia cruises under our belts and two booked for 2009. The main Positive of course is that it's child free, so I avoid coming out in a rash. She boasts plenty of open deck space and the Meridian Restaurant is pretty good. There are alternative dining venues, probably Orchid being my favourite. There are also plenty of venues arund the ship, she is more open plan than previous P & O ships, but that is variety. It's pretty modern and you still get the P & O service. I read the negative reviews and some recent ones may be justified. Without wishing to upset anyone, a lot is down to either peoples perception or holding memories of cruising's heyday. If you go with a positive attitude you can enjoy yourself. P & O are aware of the propulsion problem and I'm sure it will be fixed before too long. It's not in their interest to perpetuate it.Have a nice time and I will look forward to your review. Richard .
Reply back to Richard Okill and Ingle, sorry for confusion meant to say Dubrovnik where do we dock, is it near any interesting points to visit on own or is it best excursion - we are on Arcadia from 10th August on Venician Magic Cruise.
Dubrovnik. Unless there was anywhere specific you considered for a tour, then my choice would be the Old Walled Town is a short cab ride from the dock which been turned into boutiques, shops, restaurants cafe', bars etc & always gets good reactions from most who visit. I think the cab fare last year was 10 euro each way between 4 of us.
Having recently returned from an Eastern Med. cruise on Arcadia, we were told that the propulsion problem is not going to be fixed until later in the year when the ship's in for a refit, which will include more cabins being added at the back of the ship. Our disappointment didn't stem from any hayday memories, as we cruised on Arcadia last year, it came from the marked difference we found in the quality and choice of the food in the Meridian, (among other things), and the fact that our port times were radically reduced, something that P & O didn't consider 'significant' - their euphemism for invoking their get out clause about changing itinerary and not offering an apology, option to cancel, or any compensation. Sorry if that sounds bitter, but we paid £8000 for our cruise, treated ourselves to a suite (our 30th anniversary trip) and didn't feel we got what we booked and paid for.
Went on Arcadia in January this year it was our first cruise and we were a bit aprehensive. No need, the staff treated you like royalty and no-one was treated any differently to anyone else. Entertainment not to our liking, but the food in both the restuarants was superb. It was a special holiday for our 30th wedding anniversary and one that will always be remembered.