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Bailey - Answered a Question by Hawe (09 Sep 07 14:39)

Been on Arcadia, its childfree which may suit, & average age prob older than oriana, but very modern and plain,may prefer traditional. Arcadia good if he likes art, as lots of onboard art displayed(as well as usual auction art), and lots of 3D art.Found Arcadia depressing because of average age, but then I'm not 80! Smaller ships friendlier, easy to get lost on Arcadia, very long corridors if bit wobbly. overall, prob Oriana, but not in school hols.

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Peel - Answered a Question by Hawe (07 Sep 07 16:54)

I think I would choose Oriana it would suit him, the staff appreciate the more senior travellers requirements and the ship and service are superb. We have sailed with her on a number of occasions and our other favourite is the Aurora Hope he has a good trip .

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Taylor - Answered a Question by Hawe (07 Sep 07 17:36)

Arcdia would suit him best as there are likly to be more people especially for his age group . We cruised this year.

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Seeley - Answered a Question by Hawe (07 Sep 07 19:37)

I have been on both ships and both would be fine. They always have a get together for singles at the start of the cruise so your uncle will be well lookd after.

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Haywood - Answered a Question by Hawe (07 Sep 07 21:13)

Definately the Oriana,the other one is too big and I think impersonable but the Oriana Crew are fantastic.

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Green - Answered a Question by Hawe (07 Sep 07 21:24)

Sorry to hear that. I have only travelled on Arcadia - this July and August - and cannot praise the crew enough for what they did for everyone who was less than mobile. There were about 30 people in wheelchairs, some with partners and others alone plus dozens of mobile elderly. The crew were fantastic even getting people onto and off the tenders so everyone could go on tours. Arcadia is very well designed for elderly etc with very few tripping hazards (I look for these things as I had to look after both my parents in their eighties). I suspect Oriana would be much the same and the crew are inter-changeable between ships so it comes down the standards set by P&O which are obviously very high and understanding. Personally if it was me in that situation, I would have no hesitation in saying -Go for it! Nothing bad will happen and time is not on his side so go and enjoy yourself. You will be very well looked after and will make all sorts of friendships in bars, dining rooms, library etc. Hope that helps. Regards, Alex Gree.

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Hubbard - Answered a Question by Hawe (08 Sep 07 12:47)

I would suggest the Oriana as it is more intimate and cosy. The Arcadia is very austere, walking disatances are greater and Singles have to make-up thier own meetings. If you pick a cruise out of Southampton the clientele tend to be older than the fly-cruise alternatives. Joan.

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Parkinson - Answered a Question by Hawe (08 Sep 07 13:46)

Arcadia is the best choice as it is child free and there will be more peopleof the same age.

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mellor - Answered a Question by Hawe (08 Sep 07 14:54)

You would be well catered for on both ships,but of the two i would choose oriana,apart from this its the time of year which is also important to consider,you see on most ships dureing the summer months you get a broad age range of people,nothing wrong with that but if you want to assosciate more with a older age group then winter is the best time for you ,i would be recommending oriana southampton to southampton via the caribbean 21/22 nights as your ideal choice and value for mone.

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Carnegie - Answered a Question by Hawe (08 Sep 07 15:05)

Instead of going on the P and O ships why not go with Saga's ships as they are very good with people over 50 they look after them and there are lots of single travellers the Saga rose and Ruby are lovely ships not too big and no chance of being left out and you always feel included. I have been on Saga Holidays and its very good.

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