By Sally Berry, Clean Cruising
My colleague, Tammi and I were presented the opportunity to sail on the beautiful P&O Cruises International ship, Arcadia for a short two night voyage from Sydney to Brisbane on 23 February, 2018.
We flew down to Sydney to board the cruise ship mid-afternoon on Friday and the weather certainly turned it on for us- it was a perfect day to relax by the pool on the rear deck and take in the sights of the stunning Sydney Harbour!
We set sail at around 6pm and we found a fabulous spot on the back deck to enjoy the picturesque sunset and sail into the distance with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Opera House as the back-drop! If you haven’t sailed out of Sydney Harbour at sunset, it’s honestly one for the bucket list – it’s breathtaking.
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the specialty restaurant, The Ocean Grill and we indudgled in mouth-watering steaks and seafood until our hearts were content. The service and food was impeccable and we highly recommend it.
We explored the ship first thing Saturday morning, well that is of course after we had eaten breakfast. The ship felt very comfortable, traditional English style theme with oak wood and brown theme. Honestly, it’s not presented in the most modern decor, but is adequate decor that the English style appeals to. It was very clean and well presented.
Our inside cabin was very spacious, it was actually the most spacious inside cabin I have ever had. Included in our cabin was a TV, kettle, fridge, sachets of tea and coffee. Shampoo, bath gel, tooth brush and shower cap were also provided. The bathroom wasn’t too pokey, it was well laid out and plenty of basin area.
Throughout the sea day there were plenty of activities to join into – the beauty about cruising is you can do as much or as little as you like – the choice is up to you! There were games organised in bars, educational seminars, including even tap dancing lessons and ballroom dancing if you were game enough. Quoits games, table tennis and much more were on offer for everyone who was keen, in the sports nets upstairs.
Entertainment was catered around the demographic that the cruise attracts. Bands are moved around the ship to different venues to keep you entertained all night long, depending on the number of audience.
There’s a fabulous pool at the rear of the ship with plenty of chairs to sit down on or laze about in the sun – so relaxing!
Now, lets talk food – the food at the traditional buffet, The Belvedere, was very English. Great for those who love English food, however, it lacked variety for me. The buffet did cater for Gluten free dietary requirements which suited me. The Main Dining Room, Meridian Restaurant, was beautiful and elegant. Dining in this restaurant was very impressive with fine dining experiences from your waiters.
Sindu is the Indian Cuisine Specialty Restaurant. This was located on the top deck of the ship with wonderful views. The staff were excellent and as far as the food is concerned, this was great – plenty of variety for everyone.
The guests onboard were extremely friendly and very welcome to give directions and stop for a chat. I felt right at home with the guests and the staff were always wanting to have a chat and always wore a smile.
Finally, our cabin steward was very friendly, as were all other staff onboard. This cruiseline is one that caters more for the mature age bracket. It is not a cruise ships that caters for children, it’s an adult-only ship.
By Sally Berry, Clean Cruising
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