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Review – Arcadia 2012

Introduction: In October 2012 we did a 13-night cruise in P&O’s Arcadia to the Canary Islands. The ports of call were Funchal, Madeira; Santa Cruz de La Palma; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Arecife, Lanzarote; Santa Cruz de Tenerife; Lisbon; and Vigo. In addition there were five days at sea: three in succession at the […]

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As I said in the last post Arcadia docked in the Ocean terminal at just after 7 this morning. Val and I stood on our balcony after a very early breakfast and watched as she did her pirouette and backed into the dock. ‘independent’ disembarkation was scheduled for 7:30, and the disembarkation deck was the […]

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Cruising on Arcadia – last day

Last night was the last formal night, and we had a good dinner with our table companions. Val thought that there seemed to be some very glamourous dresses on display, more so than on any night except the Captain’s Gala near the beginning of the cruise. However the evening ended a little flatly when we […]

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We’re in Vigo today, and we’ve just done an excursion “Border Country”. Unfortunately this, like the last one, was a bit of a disappointment. It was supposed to be a visit to sites either side of the Spanish/Portuguese border, and I suppose it did that, but somehow it didn’t seem organised. It started with a […]

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Last night we had dinner in the buffet. It was advertised as Tandoori night which was a definite attraction. In the end it was Ok, but not great. There were samosas for starters (lamb, and vegetable) and we both a few of these plus in my case a sliver of naan bread. Then for a […]

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Cruising on Arcadia – Lisbon

Today we’re at Lisbon, and I’ve been bowled a googly – we’ve docked at the Apolonia quay near to town instead of (as I’d been expecting) Alcantara out by the bridge. (Update: we later discovered that there is a big Royal Caribbean ship (Independence of the Seas) berthed at Alcantara, and that probably explains why […]

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Today is a sea day, as we head east-north-east from Tenerife to Lisbon. It’s still quite warm – the air temperature is in the low 20s – but there isn’t as much sunshine so it feels quite a bit cooler than it did yesterday. There’s also the knowledge that it’s inevitably going to carry on […]

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This evening we had a meal in the Orchid restaurant. It was very good, but perhaps not exceptional. We had a pre-starter of chicken in a pastry coating with a sweet chilli sauce, then for starters we had curried pork and bean sprout spring roll (Val) and deep-fried lime and ginger chicken (me). For mains […]

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Cruising on Arcadia – Tenerife

Today we’ve been Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The weather has been hot and sunny, and we did a morning excursion: ‘Puerto de la Cruz and Orotava Valley’. In fact we found this a bit disappointing. We had hoped we would be exploring the Orotava valley, but in fact the excursion consisted of a drive up […]

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Cruising on Arcadia – Lanzarote

Today we’ve been on Lanzarote. We docked just before eight o’clock this morning – we were up before that as we had booked an excursion, ‘The magic of Manrique’. This was largely about the work of, and sites associated with, C├ęsar Manrique who was an artist who lived on Lanzarote for most of his life. […]

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