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Gill Mortimer

Age: 54

Occupation:`Company Director

Number of Cruises: 12

Cruise Line: P & O Cruises

Ship: Arcadia

Sailing Date: January 13th, 2006

Itinerary: Caribbean

Departed Manchester on the 13th January 2006 with Thomas Cook. I agree with previous review - good plane but too small for the long distance to Barbados. Good point :- we arrived in Barbados on time and deplaned into buses which took us straight to the ship. A very smooth operation. Luggage arrived ok.

I was not impressed with the ship from entering it - no atrium - the whole ship seemed to be very bland and lifeless. the only exceptions to this were the Palladium theatre which was beautiful and the 2 specialty restaurants - Rhodes and Orchid. The shows were excellent and we tried both restaurants which were also excellent.

To review the cruise as a whole I would say that it was not an enjoyable experience - the food in the restaurant was average. You could only have certain dishes on certain days for breakfast e.g Eggs Benedict was Tuesdays only?? You can usually have steak if you do not like the choices but on one occasion they had run out?? The waiters did not always listen to what you wanted. There was no ice in the water and you had to ask frequently for your glass to be refilled - the wine service was very slow also.

I found the Belvedere cafeteria choice and quality of food very poor. Service most of the time in all areas was poor -including guest relations.

The cabins were a good size and we had a bath and a balcony - although the balcony never got so much as a sweep over the 2 weeks !

The ports of call were a mixture - some nice beaches - some not so nice places. I have been to nicer islands.

Entertainment staff and program very good. Plenty to join in on.

Overall not my favorite cruise experience and first - and last - time with P & O !

P.S. In case you think I am a moaner - I have never complained about ANYTHING on ALL the other cruise I have been on.

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