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Old 01-18-2003, 09:15 AM
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Hi, Has any one booked with Ocean Village yet? Any goosip or info on the ship?
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Old 01-18-2003, 09:15 AM
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Hi, Has any one booked with Ocean Village yet? Any goosip or info on the ship?
thanks Caroline

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Old 01-20-2003, 10:36 AM
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JUst found this info on the Ocean village website

How different will the ship be from Arcadia?
Ocean Village is currently sailing as sister line, P&O Cruises’ Arcadia. It’s being completely re-fitted for Ocean Village – special features include the panoramic ocean view gym, the extra on-deck dining options and new bistro (with menu by TV chef James Martin), new bars at the centre of the ship and more balcony cabins.

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Old 01-20-2003, 02:01 PM
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Hi Caroline,

My partner & I have just booked to go on the 14 night Med cruise. I've been trying to find out what the ship quality will be like and that and whether it's selling but not had much luck. The thing that actually attracted us to the cruise was actually the itirenery although the activites sound good too.

We haven't cruised before so I guess we will ahve nothing to compare it to .

We are going on 17th June, so will let you know unless we see you there !

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Old 01-20-2003, 04:35 PM
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JUst found this info on the Ocean village website

How different will the ship be from Arcadia?
Ocean Village is currently sailing as sister line, P&O Cruises’ Arcadia. It’s being completely re-fitted for Ocean Village – special features include the panoramic ocean view gym, the extra on-deck dining options and new bistro (with menu by TV chef James Martin), new bars at the centre of the ship and more balcony cabins.

Caroline Bailey


Hi Caroline,

the current product offered onboard "Arcadia" is very different from what will be offered onboard "Ocean Village". P&O Cruises is a very traditional, very formal British cruise line, and "Arcadia" even is an adults-only ship.

On the other hand, there is currently no product on the British market which comes close to Ocean Village. Ocean Village will be similar to P&O Princess' German brands AIDA and A'Rosa, including aspects from those two very popular informal cruise lines, but Ocean Village will be tailored to the British market. Expect a pretty young crowd, a very casual atmosphere, and a dedicated focus on fitness as well as wellness.

I would love to hear about your experience onboard "Ocean Village" as - as I said - this is a pioneer ship on the British market, and I'm very curious about its success.

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Old 01-22-2003, 05:30 AM
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Hi

We have only cruised once before on the Oriana, it was a fantastic experience, very formal.

I think Ocean village will be a younger crowd ( we are in our 30's) with a more relaxed atmosphere. We booked for 6 may and got the last 2 cabins, so I gues it is selling well! Think the standard will be high in the cabins because P & O are one of the best! I'll email you when we get back with a full report!

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Old 01-24-2003, 01:42 PM
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Caroline,

Will look forward to your report when you get back - are you going for the 14 nights or the 7 ?
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Old 01-25-2003, 08:22 AM
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We are going for 7 nights, the palaces and Paella I think they call it. Cant leave my cats and dogs for much longer without fretting!

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Old 04-15-2003, 03:53 AM
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Hi,

Im going on the Ocean Village on the 24th of June, and being all excited ive decided to do some digging.

The Arcadia has now been removed from the P&O line up and is being totally overhauled. The pictures you see now are ones of the Arcadia.

The whole idea of Ocean Village is to try and compete with Island Cruises, who set sail from Palma as well.

The cruises are still under the control of P&O so im still expecting the high standards of service but maybe I will be wrong as the tipping system has now been replaced and its all bundled into one place. I should imagine this means your steward will have more cabins and less time.

I notice there are kettles in the room so the tea and coffee put in your cabin in the morning will be gone.

The crowd should be younger due to the prices being lower and the pictures showing 25-35 in the brochure. I do however have reports of 70+ going due to the tempting offers.

You also have to pay for waiter service in the bistro per night, I hope this isnt the sign that you have to pay for everything including air
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I think your prediction will be correct about the age range, my father in law is to cruise Ocean Village with us and he is mid 60's, I suspect a lot of older people will realise it's the "Arcadia" and take advatage of the good fares. FOund out today we are to have a free upgrade from inside to outside cabin, am delighted!

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