Guy - Answered a Question by Humphrey (16 Aug 08 09:50)

Hi Humphrey, We are also sailing on Arcadia on the 2nd, I cant get any info from P O regarding the vibration they say it is not a problem but following reviews some people have found it a nuisance. As you say seasickness may be an issue. I put out a question recently and am waiting for some reassurance!! I dont know what else to do because P O say it will be Ok. Regarding shorter times in port our letter said only one would be affected and even that wasnt a problem (still a 9 o clock arrival) and the hops between the islands shouldnt be affected I suppose all we can do is make sure that once we are onboard we bring any problems to the attention of customer relations and see were that gets us. I am still looking forward to the cruise but it has soured it somewhat. Hope to see you there, Regards C Guy.

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Reynolds - replied to Guy (16 Aug 08 19:18)

I have spoken to many people who have been on Arcadia since the problem with the Azipod and apart from a slight difference in port times they have not noticed any difference in vibrition at all. We are sailing on 2 November and very much looking foward to it, dont't worry you will enjoy it.

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barnett - replied to Reynolds (04 Oct 08 12:50)

Hi.We are to booked on the 2nd november cruise and have also heard rumours about vibration problems but think that hopefully this may be because people are looking for a problem due to these rumours. We were on arcadia last year in may and really enjoyed our experience on her and hope that this trip will be as good if not better look forward to seeing all of you on board.

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Humphrey - replied to Guy (17 Aug 08 08:32)

Hi There, Thanks for your response. Like you say, we will have to report any problems when we are on board. We both feel a bit more optomistic now thanks to the replies from all of you,and are looking forward to it. Enjoy the cruise, and hope to see you on board. We are in cabin A36 if Guy or Reynolds needs any support should problems arise!!( which we are sure they wont) We have been with PO before and couldn't fault it in anyway. Lets hope we will all be lucky this time too eh? Thankyou all once again. Regards. Paul & Rose Humphrey.

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Freemantle - Answered a Question by Humphrey (16 Aug 08 14:20)

Some friends have recently returned from a Mediterranean cruise on Arcadia. They said that the only difference was that they had a shorter time - by an hour or two - in a few ports. The reason for this is that they are limiting the speed so as to avoid and vibration. They did not notice any vibration at all. From what I understand when we spoke to one of the engineering officers on our recent cruise on Oriana the problem they have with the azipod is only noticeable by passengers if the ship goes at full speed. Hence the need to shorten some of the port stops. Arcadia goes in for a refit in November when the problem will be sorted. Obviously P&O were reluctant to take the ship out of service before then. Certainly our friends had a very enjoyable, first cruise and are now looking to book another!

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middleton - Answered a Question by Humphrey (16 Aug 08 18:55)

If this is the kind letter that recived you if so you have nothing to worry about have good cruise p&O's Arcadia -- which has been experiencing problems with its propulsion units, resulting in itinerary tweaks this summer -- will continue making alterations to planned cruises throughout the fall. A total of 11 cruises between June and November will ultimately be affected, including six more between now and the fall. While a P&O spokeswoman downplays changes in the voyages, noting that in most cases arrivals and departures may be off by 30 - 60 minutes, one passenger booked on the 83,000-ton, 1,952-passenger ship's 14 November cruise tells us the trip he booked has been downgraded from two weeks to 12 days. As well, ports have been significantly changed. Instead of stops at Monte Carlo, Almeria, Cadiz, Lisbon and Vigo, the ship will go to Calvi, Civitavecchia and Gibraltar. As well, P&O has sent a letter to passengers booked on that cruise, saying the ship will sail from Barcelona half an hour earlier than advertised and Civitavecchia an hour earlier, plus it will arrive at Gibraltar half an hour later than advertised. The cruise will end in Southampton on 26 November. After this sailing, Arcadia will enter a previously scheduled dry dock and repairs will be made. “One of Arcadia's propulsion units is not currently operating at its maximum capacity, and I very much regret that we will be unable to make the necessary repairs until Arcadia enters dry dock in late November for her scheduled refit,” said Nick Burrows, head of consumer services, in a letter to passengers booked on the 14 November trip. P&O confirmed that Arcadia has been suffering from propulsion problems. “Although there are no safety issues whatsoever relating to this limitation of speed, we have had to make some minor itinerary amendments by shortening a few port calls. All passengers traveling on Arcadia have been advised of any changes either directly or through their travel agent," a spokesperson said.

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Carlisle - Answered a Question by Humphrey (17 Aug 08 12:21)

WEe went on the Arcadia in July (apparently the propulsion was not working to its fullest capacity in May. I should not worry about any vibration - we were on E Deck and the ship was running smoothly (no vibration felt at all)for the whole 16 days. The ship was running on average at 21 knots. As far as port visit being cut. We complained to our travel agents and they returned £150 and we have now booked another cruise with P&O and when we booked we found that another £200 had been credited to us to write off against any further cruises. However, the loss of nearly 13 hours did not spoil the holiday.

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Barton - Answered a Question by Humphrey (24 Oct 08 23:00)

If we hadn't already known about the POD being u/s, we'd not have noticed anything amiss.

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