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Arcadia Cruise ship is a mid-sized, adult-only cruise ship P&O Arcadia has the sophistication of a boutique ship yet the choices of a larger vessel. With a focus on gourmet dining, and luxury relaxation, and with many sailings departing directly from Southampton, Arcadia is the ideal option for those looking for a romantic holiday, an adventure with friends or a solo voyage to fantastic destinations.

When Arcadia was delivered in 2006, it was the largest unit ever conceived at the time, created especially for the discerning customers in the UK market.

The ship’s true value emerges in some impressive statistics. She has 16 decks and weighs in at 82,500 grids. She is 290 meters long and 32 wide, with a maximum speed of 24 knots. And she can accommodate up to 3,400 people, with 2,534 passengers (1,996 in low berths) and 866 crew in 1,477 cabins (998 for passengers, 86% with an ocean view, and 69% with their own balcony).

The ship has a theatre on three levels, a huge wellness area, a pub, several restaurants, and a large collection of works by British artists.

Arcadia offers a raft of attractive facilities including excellent entertainment and top-notch specialty dining to appeal to P&O’s mature and predominantly British passengers who rate style, ambiance, and a relaxed atmosphere over gimmicks and adrenaline-fuelled activities.

Arcadia has an interesting background: Unlike P&O’s purpose-built vessels, Arcadia was originally ordered in 2000 by Holland America Line, destined to become the fifth Vista-class ship. Then it was allocated to Cunard as the next Queen Victoria, before being launched in 2005 under the P&O Cruises brand. (Ship aficionados can spot tell-tale signs of its previously intended guise, such as an adapted Cunard-style funnel). The atrium is also smaller, and not quite the heart of the ship as it is on its sister’s vessels.

MS Arcadia cruise ship deck plan shows a total of 1050 staterooms for 2094 passengers (max capacity is 2458) served by 870 crew staff. The boat has 11 passenger decks (7 with cabins), 4 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, 2 swimming pools, 5 outdoor Jacuzzis, 14 elevators. Arcadia is an adults-only ship and has no family- or kids-dedicated venues, facilities or programs available on board.

Note: On P&O Arcadia ship, launderettes are located on decks C, D, E. These are passenger use laundry facilities (open 8 am – 10 pm, complimentary), complete with dryers, washers, ironing boards. Detergent costs extra, or you can use your own. Dry cleaning (called Wascomat or Aquatex /eco-friendly wet cleaning) is available, with service charges per item. List with dry-cleaning prices is available in all cabins.

P&O Arcadia deck plan changes 2017 refurbishment review

The list of deck plan changes after the ship’s 2017 drydock refurbishment (November 1-14, done in Hamburg Germany at the Blohm+Voss shipyard) includes:

  • Updates and re-designing of all Suites, public areas, bars, and restaurants – the job was done by the London-based UK company RPW Design specializing in interior design. Interior renovations included new carpeting, new furniture, soft furnishing refreshes, new color schemes.
  • (aft on Lido deck 9) Aquarius pool and bar renovations included refreshed furnishings, new color scheme, updated chairs, sofas, bar stools, coffee tables, signage, wall tiles.
  • The 3-deck high Atrium (including the ship’s Reception) was updated with new carpets and furniture (chairs, banquettes, cushions).
  • (forward on Lido deck 9) Oasis Spa’s Reception was updated with new carpets and blinds. All loungers and armchairs were refreshed and cushions were added.
  • (midship starboard on deck 2) Intermezzo Bar received a new color scheme, new carpeting, blinds and new furniture (chairs, sofas, stools, coffee tables, lampshades).
  • All Suites were refreshed with new design, new color scheme, new furniture (sofabeds, armchairs, coffee tables, lamps), new curtains, bed cushions, throws.

The list of changes after the ship’s 2013 drydock refurbishment (November-December) included:

  • 24 new passenger cabins (of which 6 single-occupancy cabins), all cabins were refurbished (new carpeting, flat TVs)
  • The Globe Lounge became the Electra Disco
  • Orchid restaurant became “East”
  • Crow’s Nest Lounge refit and renovation (added new bar).

The ship’s 2008 drydock refurbishment (Germany, Lloyd Werft, 24-day refit at the Bremerhaven yards) included:

  • Stern refit- 34 new passenger cabins were added, of which 10 single cruise cabins, 23 balcony rooms, 1 suite.
  • Cyb@Study (Internet center) was converted into The Screening Room (cinema), while the Internet stations were moved to The Library.
  • Ocean Grill Restaurant was renovated, Aquarius Bar was enlarged.
  • Additional 75-ton Sun Deck area was added (size 5920 ft2 / 550 m2).

PHOTOSArcadia cruise ship

Bar on the Arcadia

Dining on the Arcadia

Entertainment on the Arcadia


Name Arcadia
Namesake The region of Arcadia
Owner Carnival plc
Operator P&O Cruises
Port of registry  BermudaHamilton
Ordered 2000
Cost US$400 million
Yard number 6078
Laid down 12 July 2003
Launched 26 June 2004
Acquired 29 March 2005
In service April 2005
Status In service
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General characteristics
Class and type Vista-class cruise ship
  • 83,781 GT[5]
  • 84,342 GT (since 1 March 2014)
Length 289.90 m (951 ft 1 in)
Beam 32.20 m (105 ft 8 in)
Draught 8 m (26 ft)
Decks 11
Speed 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
  • 1,952 (regular)
  • 2,388 (maximum)
Crew 976

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