The retractable roof glass SkyDome, which is a first for P&O, has been designed to maximize time in the sunshine in the warm climates the newbuild will visit, commencing with a Caribbean maiden cruise season next winter. Each aspect of Arvia has been designed to bring passengers closer to the sea, sky, and shore, reflecting her name meaning ‘from the seashore’.
The SkyDome on Arvia is a relaxed pool area by day with entertainment by night, such as live music, DJ sets, production shows, and blockbuster movies on SeaScreen.
Arvia’s retractable roof SkyDome measures 40.96 metres by 34.24 metres. It was designed by Martin Francis with engineering works carried out by British firm Eckersley O’Callaghan. The renowned engineering company has worked on various projects including the Bulgari Glass House in Italy and Apple Park in California with its Steve Jobs Theater; the world's biggest structure supported solely by glass.
The SkyDome was originated aboard Iona, which launched in May this year, with Arvia expected to feature P&O first version of the SkyDome with a retractable roof.