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Extra comfort on the cards as Arcadia and Oceana undergo multi-million pound refits

P&O Cruises has announced details of multi-million pound refits for two of its ships, Arcadia and Oceana, to be carried out in November and December.

The enhancements are designed to provide a fresher and more contemporary feel and improve the onboard guest experience.

P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said “We continually invest in our ships in order to create a contemporary and comfortable environment while still keeping the unique character and key features that our guests know and love.

Arcadia resumes cruising on 15 November after her refit in Hamburg

“Those travelling on Arcadia and Oceana can look forward to new design concepts and improvements to comfort while still enjoying the incomparable service that characterises a P&O Cruises holiday.”


Following guest feedback, P&O Cruises will be updating and improving cabins, suites, public areas, bars, main dining restaurants and fine dining restaurants to ensure the ship offers the ultimate levels of design, luxury and comfort.

The Aquarius pool and bar at the stern of the Lido Deck will feature a brighter colour scheme with new chairs, bar stools, sofas, coffee tables, signage and wall tiles.

The Atrium/Reception will be given new carpets, chairs, banquettes and cushions as well as an eye-catching nautical-themed wall feature.

New carpets and blinds in reception, as well as refreshed loungers and armchairs with new cushions, will enhance the sense of calm and relaxation in the Oasis Spa.

The Intermezzo cocktail and Champagne bar will feature a relaxed but sophisticated new colour scheme referencing the Mediterranean with updated carpets, blinds, chairs, sofas, bar stools, coffee tables and lamp shades. New lighting and ironmongery will have a subtle nautical theme.

The Belvedere Buffet will feature new seating and carpet and tiled flooring throughout, as well as improved lighting, new permanent waiter stations, four passenger hand wash stations and a self-serve paid Costa Coffee station.

The Piano Bar will get new carpets, window treatments and furniture in order to inject life and light into the space. The ship’s busiest public space, The Rising Sun English-style pub, will be given new carpet, vinyl flooring and select furniture.

Arcadia’s suites will be completely refreshed with an elegant new design scheme that will create a warm and inviting ambience. Suites will be treated to new sofa beds, armchairs, coffee tables and headboards as well as various decorative items such as curtains, bed cushions, throws and lamps. Most cabins will be given new sofa beds while selected cabins will be re-carpeted and have balcony doors replaced.

Arcadia is undergoing its refit in Hamburg in preparation for Christmas and its 99-night World Cruise which departs Southampton on 9 January. The first cruise after its refit will be a three-night Belgium cruise round trip from Southampton departing 15 November.


Entering dry dock in Hamburg at the end of November, Oceana will be updated and refreshed throughout to improve guest appeal for both summer and winter cruising.

Work on Oceana begins at the end of November

Suites will receive new carpets, curtains, sheers, bed runners, cushions, valances, headboards and lamps while cabins will get new carpets, lampshades and stools. Public spaces and the Atrium will have brand new redesigned carpets throughout.

With the popularity of buffet dining, especially during the summer, Oceana’s Plaza Buffet will get new carpet and tiling throughout as well as new chairs and banquette seating.

The Yacht & Compass and Magnums will both get new flooring throughout, new furniture and new window treatments while Winner’s Bar will be re-carpeted and be given some new furniture.

Refurbished youth spaces will feature improved entertainment equipment, re-decorated walls and flooring, new soft play equipment, revised nursery space and an updated area for teenagers.

There will be significant work on the Terrace Bar with refurbished hot tubs, re-tiling of flooring and horizontal surfaces as well as a new canopy over the pool which will extend out to cover the bar.

The Spa and Gym will be brought up to date with new décor, wall covering, blinds and flooring.

Following its refit, Oceana will embark on a 12-night Canary Islands & Portugal cruise round trip from Southampton departing 17 December.

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Posted on 31st October 2017 at 04:18 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Ships | Cruise Lines | P&O Cruises |

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