P&O UK unveils details of new cruise ship Arvia’s Grand Atrium

   May 19, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

P&O UK unveiled details of MS Arvia’s centrepiece - the Grand Atrium, with widescreen ocean views which is expected to become the focus of entertainment for the newbuild.

Arvia's Grand Atrium is at the heart of the liner and will provide a backdrop to aerial performers descending through the 3-deck space and an installation of metal ribbons which frame the staircase. The Grand Atrium will host a full program of live events and entertainment, with pop-up talks, performers, and magicians.

Spanning 3 floors, Grand Atrium's every level offers a place to dine, socialise, and relax, balancing larger sociable areas with intimate spaces.

The project architect and designer, Jennifer deVere-Hopkins said that with its triple-height windows, they wanted "to infuse the Grand Atrium with the same sense of energy even outside of the live performances."

"Its innovative design will capture the movement, freedom and spectacle of the ocean and always connect guests to the sea.”

According to P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow, the design had "made the most of the magical effect of light at different times of the day, so whether guests want to enjoy a morning coffee or evening drink, the Grand Atrium will provide the most spectacular backdrop.”

The Grand Atrium will house the home of crafted cocktails, Amber Lounge. Passengers can watch mixologists create the perfect drink while enjoying dramatic aerial performances played out in front of them.

The Keel & Cow is the spot for great gastro-pub fare, with traditional favourites such as dry-aged steaks and the best burger at sea, The Prime Minister.

The Glass House on Deck 7 offers a prime position to look out to horizon views and aerial artists while enjoying their meals paired with wines selected by Food Hero Olly Smith.

Arvia is scheduled to join the P&O Cruises fleet in December, with a maiden voyage to the Canaries, followed by a winter season in the Caribbean. PO Arvia will be the largest cruise ship to sail from the homeport of Barbados (Bridgetown), offering a choice of holidays, ranging from 7 to 22 nights, with an overnight in Barbados and an extended call to Antigua. Arvia will join her sistership, Iona as one of the most environmentally-friendly ships in the world, fully powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas).

P&O Arvia cruise ship

Arvia will boast a choice of 12 restaurants plus 8 other places to eat. P&O favourites like The Glass House, Epicurean, and Sindhu and Iona icons The Keel & Cow and The Olive Grove are due to star alongside dining concepts exclusively created for Arvia: plant-based/sushi dishes in Green & Co featuring Mizuhana; Roast Carvery, and 6th Street Diner.