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Arcadia Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5

Southampton to San Francisco

Sail date: January 03, 2020

Ship: Arcadia

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

An amazing trip across the Atlantic for a couple of budget seeking explorers, in cruising terms. We made a lot of friends and loved the whole experience.


4 out of 5
We got to the terminal a few hours too early so had to wait a little while to embark, but we had good chats with other passengers.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We couldn't fault the food and drink that was available pretty much 24/7,not that we stayed up much past midnight.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We had so much fun with quizzes throughout the day, trips to the gym and sunbathing on deck, and watching other passengers playing the deck games.


4 out of 5
Pool parties and live shows were very good, all typical British spirit.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff can make the cruise what it is, you get to know most of them and they work really hard.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Arcadia is quite unique as are most ships, you just appreciate how it is.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Inside cabin, great value for a 28 night cruise, 2g. Yes we were very lucky.

Ports of call

Funchal, Madeira

5 out of 5
Take the cable car up to top and take the toboggan ride down. OK it only goes a little way down but the walk back was great to soak up the vernacular. Comfy shoes recommend.

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Just fascinating, start to finish.

San Francisco, California

5 out of 5
3 days in San Francisco after disembarkation, trip to alcatraz, amazing. Cycled across the bridge, a day in Ashbury, tram and bus rides. We just got out there. San Francisco gets a bit moody at night though, lots of drug issues.

Manzanillo, Mexico

5 out of 5
We got a taxi to a beach about 10 miles away. Brilliant surf and coffee, long story. The taxi came back for us 5 hours later, £20 I think.

Puerto Quetzal

5 out of 5
Bus trip to Antigua, a very old city. Such amazing people and culture.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
We took a boat trip to a beach, see flying fish, had a swim, then went to the town for the remainder of the day.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
We walked to the beach, spent the day there then walked back. Such great weather.

Southampton (London), England

5 out of 5
Embarkation, what else can you say.


5 out of 5
We disembarked in San Francisco and it was how it usually is in the USA 🇺🇸
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