The fourth incarnation of a “P&O Arcadia” and third largest vessel in the current P&O fleet, Arcadia is a middle-weight cruise ship, voyages are restricted to adults only – with a strict policy of no under 18s, so she is suitably named, “Arcadia” literally means a sanctuary offering peace. That’s what you should expect from the moment you board, to put your feet up and be at peace.
Life on-board is decadent and contemporary, one of Arcadia’s unique points is the number of art pieces she has on-board, some 3,000 pieces by British artists – Arcadia is a floating city come art-gallery.
Interiors are designed to look and feel like the classic British cruising of the 1920’s and 30’s, Arcadia was after all almost Queen Victoria of Cunard fame.
Staterooms on-board may seem small but each comes equipped with a flat-screen TV in each room, coffee/ tea-making facilities and the overall atmosphere is comfortable and accommodating.
Dining on Arcadia is as bountiful as you would find on any other P&O ship, the main restaurant The Meridian is a two tier spacious room, beautifully adorned with chandeliers, dining is accompanied with music tinkled from a grand piano. For a spicy change you might want to venture into the Orchid Restaurant for some Asian infused cuisine, the views from here are panoramic and spectacular.
As well as a taste of the Orient you can also casually dine at the Ocean Grill a Marco Pierre White creation. There is also The Belvedere, a buffet style service open all hours.
Arcadia also boasts a three-tier Palladium theatre where-by you can take in some of the fantastic cabaret acts that P&O organise. Make sure you take some time to visit the Crow’s Nest. Whether you enjoy classical music or not, the classical concerts performed here – the atmosphere in the Crow’s Nest suits the music-genre perfectly and you’ll feel your troubles slide away.
If you need yet more relaxation visit The Retreat, Arcadia has on-board Yoga and Tai-Chi classes, this is also a great way to meet new people and share experiences. Arcadia is brimming with gym equipment and pampering treatments to keep yourself toned and feeling great during your indulgent voyage.
Arcadia was named by Dame Kelly Holmes in April 2005. Dame Kelly won two gold medals in the 2004 Olympics (Athens). Her first gold she achieved by winning the 800m, her second came in the 1,500m. In a race over 1500m Arcadia travelling at 22kn would beat Kelly Holmes.