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When we decided to travel by train to Southampton for our recent cruise on Arcadia we also decided to use the Baggage Handling Company (BHC from now on) to transport one large bag to Southampton, especially once it transpired that our train journey would be via London and would therefore involve a transfer from St […]

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Christmas on Arcadia

I’ve done my usual cruise review page for this recent cruise, and here’s a link to it.

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Well, we’ve come home to find more snow on the ground in Sheffield than there was in Oslo! – which is a bit of a shock. However, it justifies our decision to use the train for this cruise rather than the car. I think we might have been reasonably OK in the car today, but […]

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At long last we reached the highlight of the week – Christmas Dinner. It was obviously going to be a longer meal than normal – first sitting was brought forward to 6:15 and second sitting scheduled for 20:45. The arrangements for Freedom dining were changed as well – there was no freedom for Christmas night, […]

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Well, here we are on mid-Christmas Day afternoon. We slept fairly late this morning, then breakfasted, enjoyed some coffee, unwrapped a selection of presents to ourselves, went to a talk (on the possible inspiration for Ian Fleming’s ‘Q’ – quite interesting), made an expensive ship-to-shore phone call to wish family members a Merry Christmas, and […]

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But I missed him. Apparently he didn’t stay long – he had to rush off to Ventura or some other ship in the Caribbean. Ah well…. You can tell I’m distraught. Just to make for this, here are a couple of pictures of the Piano Bar looking very festive, plus one of Val about to […]

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Christmas on Arcadia – Oslo

“It’s not natural”, Val said: “snow on the ground when you’re on a cruise”. But that was what we found when we arrived in Oslo. Arcadia departed Copenhagen at around 5 o’clock yesterday and berthed in Oslo at about 9 o’clock this morning. She’d been sailing up Oslo fjord for several hours by then, which […]

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We got out onto the Promenade deck and did four laps around it for the sake of some exercise. We occupied the rest of the day by going to a port talk (in which I dozed off), spent a long while sat up in the Crows Nest reading, and finally had a rest back in […]

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Christmas on Arcadia – a sea day

Arcadia is at sea today, on a passage from Zeebrugge to Copenhagen. The wind picked up yesterday evening, and as a result the seas have got up as well. Overnight Arcadia was surprisingly stable, but perhaps as a result of turning northwards up the Danish coast, she began to roll a bit before breakfast and […]

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Today Arcadia is docked at Zeebrugge, and we’ve just got back from an excursion to Ghent (or as all the road signs round here have it, ‘Gent’). We left the ship at 11 o’clock, drove straight to Ghent and arrived at midday. On the way we looked at the flat, wide-open Flanders countryside – not […]

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