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A familiar name ...and now looking better than ever

P&O Cruises restored the name Arcadia to the fleet in April, 2005, with the arrival of the largest cruise ship to be purpose-built for the UK market.

At the end of 2008 she underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment to enhance and improve the features of this already very successful child free ship, at the same time adding 34 new staterooms. And in December 2013 she underwent another major refit.

Arcadia of P&O Cruises

The 85,000-ton, 1,968-bed Arcadia, built in Italy, is exclusively for adults, a style of cruising unique to P&O Cruises, with families continuing to be extremely well served by other ships in the fleet.

The ship was designed to offer a premium British experience and best suited to operating under the P&O Cruises brand.

Purpose-built for Britain and proudly flying the red ensign, Arcadia moved the P&O Cruises brand further forward in continuing to bring the best in cruise ship innovation to the British audience. 868 of her 984 passenger cabins have a sea view, with 677 of these having a private balcony, more than on any other UK-based ship. Of her 67 suites and mini-suites, the most lavish feature a Jacuzzi on the balcony.

In addition to her stunning galleried main dining room, Arcadia offers a range of alternative culinary experiences including a gourmet restaurant, L’Epicure and The Orchid, offering a fusion of oriental cuisine.

In keeping with the latest lifestyle trends, Arcadia’s extensive Spa includes a thermal suite with aromatic steam rooms, dry float suite and a hydrotherapy pool. Arcadia also features P&O Cruises’ innovative new Easy Like a Sunday concept, which allows passengers to chill out in the most civilised surroundings. There’s a series of signature rooms including the Crow’s Nest observation lounge, a West End-style theatre and classic British pub.

Vital statistics

Operated by P&O Cruises
Built by Fincantieri, Italy
Entered service: April, 2005.
Refurbished 2008, 2013
Gross tonnage: 82,972 tons
Passengers: 1,996 / 2,556 max
Passenger decks: 10
Lifts: 14
Crew: 886
Officers: British
Cabins: 998 including
:: 677 with balconies
:: Inside: 324
:30 for wheelchairs
Length: 936ft
Width: 105ft
Draught: 25.5ft
Engines: diesel electric


Child-free, two-tier restaurant, gourmet L’Epicure and The Orchid offering a fusion of oriental cuisine, three-tier theatre, two pools, one with skydome, boutique cinema ‘The Screening Room’, Gary Rhodes restaurant, Spa with thermal suite and hydrotherapy pool, ocean view gymnasium, 14 places to drink, poolside grill, Italian style cafe, Life enrichment suite.

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