Arcadia

Arcadia current position

Arcadia current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 50.43076 N / -3.49976 W) cruising en route to GBTOR. The AIS position was reported 3 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Arcadia

Year built2005  /  Age: 16
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Marghera, Italy)
ClassVista
Building costUSD 400 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorP&O Cruises UK
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)286 m / 938 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage84342 gt
Passengers1904 - 2458
Crew880
Passengers-to-space ratio44
Decks11
Cabins952
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2017
Christened byKelly Holmes
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Arcadia Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Mar 27 16 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton
2022 Apr 12 19 days, round-trip Mediterranean Southampton
2022 May 01 16 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton
2022 May 17 3 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2022 May 20 12 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2022 Jun 01 19 days, round-trip Mediterranean Southampton
2022 Jun 20 3 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2022 Jun 23 12 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2022 Jul 05 14 days, round-trip Iceland Southampton
2022 Jul 19 14 days, round-trip British Isles Southampton
2022 Aug 02 16 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton
2022 Aug 18 12 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2022 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2022 Sep 06 30 days, round-trip USA And Canada Southampton
2022 Oct 06 12 days, round-trip Norway Southampton
2022 Oct 18 19 days, round-trip Mediterranean Southampton
2022 Nov 06 3 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2022 Nov 09 40 days, round-trip USA And Caribbean Southampton
2022 Dec 19 10 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton
2022 Dec 29 5 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2023 Jan 03 100 days, round-trip World Cruise Southampton
2023 Jan 03 50 days, one-way from Southampton to Brisbane Southampton
2023 Jan 03 48 days, one-way from Southampton to Sydney Southampton
2023 Jan 03 42 days, one-way from Southampton to Auckland Southampton
2023 Jan 03 10 days, one-way from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale Southampton
2023 Jan 13 38 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Sydney Fort Lauderdale
2023 Feb 14 58 days, one-way from Auckland to Southampton Auckland
2023 Feb 20 17 days, one-way from Sydney to Hong Kong Sydney
2023 Feb 20 52 days, one-way from Sydney to Southampton Sydney
2023 Feb 22 50 days, one-way from Brisbane to Southampton Brisbane
2023 Feb 22 15 days, one-way from Brisbane to Hong Kong Brisbane
2023 Mar 09 17 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Dubai Hong Kong
2023 Mar 09 35 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Southampton Hong Kong
2023 Mar 15 29 days, one-way from Singapore to Southampton Singapore
2023 Mar 26 18 days, one-way from Dubai to Southampton Dubai

Arcadia Review

Review of Arcadia

The 2005-built Arcadia cruise ship is one of the P&O UK's "adult ships" - together with the fleetmates Oriana and Aurora (since 2019).

History - construction and ownership

P&O Cruises is a subsidiary company and two brands owned by Carnival Corporation - P&O UK and P&O Australia. In 2000, P&O Cruises became subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, which merged with Carnival Corporation in 2003. PandO is the world's oldest cruise company, starting passenger shipping operations in 1822 on the routes connecting England with Iberia.

PO Arcadia cruise ship

The 2000-passenger ship Arcadia once sailed as the largest custom-built vessel for the British market - this was until P&O Cruises' Ventura joined the fleet in April 2008. Arcadia was not always marked to sail under the flag of P&O. Carnival Corporation had actually planned this vessel to be Cunard's Queen Victoria but later took the decision to allocate it to whichever one of its multifarious brands that could make the best use of it. Because of this, P&O Cruises fans might find Arcadia cruise ship's international style less to their taste than that of more classically British P&O UK liners such as Oriana; although like all the company's cruises, Arcadia scores highly on cleanliness and the kind of fluently running operation that results from the deployment of top-notch organizational skills.

Cruise itinerary program

Arcadia itinerary program is based on cruises from Southampton and Bridgetown, including Caribbean Islands voyages from Barbados; a “World Cruise” roundtrip from the UK; roundtrip sailings from Southampton to Norway Fjords, Iceland, Baltic, Mediterranean, and the Black Sea; Transatlantic repositioning crossings.

Cabins

P&O Arcadia staterooms (1000 total) include 72 Suites, 652 Balcony, 72 Oceanview and 162 Inside cabins, in all 17 grades. Most cabins are 200-ft2 Balconies. The largest are the Aft-Balcony Suites (450 ft / 42 m2 plus 300 ft2 / 28 m2 terrace).

The boat has 11 passenger decks, of which 7 are with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Spanning two decks, Arcadia's Meridian is the main dining room, featuring pretty glass design and eye-catching central staircase. The restaurant serves good quality food in a sometimes pretty chaotic environment. Breakfast features everything one would expect, from light and healthy options to British fry-up. Lunch is a la carte, including soup, lighter dishes, and pies while afternoon tea serves tasty treats of sandwiches, scones, and cakes. At night the Meridian operates the usual dining system of two sittings, where guests dine each night at the same table. The upper tier is for those who have chosen Freedom Dining, which means you can turn up at any time.

Follows the complete list of Arcadia restaurants and food bars.

  • Meridian Restaurant (2-level aft Dining Room; for Breakfast 7:30-9:00 a.m., and Lunch 12:15-1:45 p.m./3-course menu)
  • Ocean Grill Restaurant and Bar (specialty dining by celebrity chef Marco Pierre-White; dinner only 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., reservation-only; also serving Suite guests Breakfast)
  • The Belvedere (buffet-style restaurant, complimentary, open for Breakfast and hot dishes until 10:30 a.m., Brunch, Lunch and Dinner 6:30 - 10 p.m.; with themed buffets)
  • Neptune Grill (fast food bar, complimentary)
  • Caffe Vivo (light food, coffee bar; complimentary)
  • “East” Asian specialty restaurant by Atul Kochar; at surcharge PP/depending on cruise length, the cuisine includes Indian, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese dishes/4-course menu; open 6:30-9: 30 pm, reservations recommended).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The 2-level Palladium Theatre presents solid cruise entertainment. Passengers won't find West End shows but can expect a good spread of pleasing bands and comics, song and dance revues, aimed at British tastes. The theatre hosts 2 shows nightly, at 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm, in order to accommodate the two dining times. Organized day-time activities include traditional staples like deck quoits, shuffleboard, talks about forthcoming ports and general interest topics including art. The entertainment hosts spin tunes around the Aquarius Pool from 2 pm, where things liven up during dance parties featuring a cocktail of the day. Additional amenities include Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi access, laundry/self-serve laundromats.

Follows the complete list of Arcadia lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Arcadia Atrium (2-decks central open floor area and social hub)
  • The Palladium Theatre (736-seat, 3-decks, featuring large scale shows by “Headliners Theatre Company”)
  • Spinnaker Bar (nautically themed, opens at 3 p.m.)
  • Intermezzo Bar (Champagne bar, specialty cocktails)
  • The Rising Sun Bar (English pub); Piano Bar; The Orchid Bar; Anderson’s
  • Monte Carlo Casino; Electra Disco and Nightclub; Art Gallery
  • Emporium Shop; Celebrations Shop; Piccadilly Shop; Photo Gallery and Shop; The Library (with Internet computers); Card Room; Horizon (Internet computers room); The Screening Room (30-seat cinema)
  • Aquarius Pool; Neptune Pool (served by Neptune Bar); 2 jacuzzis
  • The Retreat (relaxation room with large wooden floor for Yoga, Tai Chi, ballroom dance classes)
  • Oasis Spa and Health Club (Thalassotherapy pool, Treatment Rooms, Steam Rooms, Beauty Salon)
  • Gymnasium (complimentary equipment, Fitness classes; Yoga and Pilates at surcharge)
  • The Crow’s Nest Lounge (dance floor, a stage for live music; with floor-ceiling windows for panoramic views; hosts art classes, quiz games, cooking demos during the day)
  • Jogging Track; Traditional deck games area (Deck Chess, Deck Quoits, Shuffleboard); Sports Court (football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, cricket); Table Tennis; two Golf Net cages.

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MS Arcadia is one of P&O's adults-only liners - along with Oriana. Initially, the liner was ordered as Vista-Class vessel for Holland America Line. While still under construction, the shipowner Carnival Corporation allocated the vessel to Cunard Line (planned for operations as MS Queen Victoria). Shortly before ship's launch in 2004, Carnival decided to transfer it to P&O UK.

As a result of all these pre-launch changes, Arcadia cruise ship design has Cunard's mast (similar to RMS Queen Mary 2) and a modified funnel (instead P&O's traditional funnel). This makes the vessel sistership to Queen Victoria, also to Coral Princess and Island Princess, and partially to the Costa Cruises ships Luminosa and Deliziosa. All these liners are Panamax vessels, meaning their dimensions allow transition through Panama Canal's old locks.

For P&O UK, Arcadia debuted in April 2005. The ship was named by Godmother Kelly Holmes (1970-born British athlete). The vessel underwent a major drydock refit (at Lloyd Werf shipyard in Bremerhaven Germany) in late-2008. During the refurb, it was upgraded with 34 new cabins and the stern was extensively remodeled.

Besides Arcadia, P and O ships with annual World Cruises (UK roundtrips from homeport Southampton) are Aurora and Oriana.

P&O Arcadia refurbishments review

The list of deck plan changes after the ship's 2017 drydock (November 1-14, done in Hamburg Germany at the Blohm+Voss shipyard) includes:

  • Updates and re-designing of all Suites, public areas, bars, and restaurants - the job was done by the London-based UK company RPW Design specializing in interior design. Interior renovations included new carpeting, new furniture, soft furnishing refreshes, new color schemes.
  • (aft on Lido deck 9) Aquarius pool and bar renovations included refreshed furnishings, new color scheme, updated chairs, sofas, bar stools, coffee tables, signage, wall tiles.
  • The 3-deck high Atrium (including the ship's Reception) was updated with new carpets and furniture (chairs, banquettes, cushions).
  • (forward on Lido deck 9) Oasis Spa's Reception was updated with new carpets and blinds. All loungers and armchairs were refreshed and cushions were added.
  • (midship starboard on deck 2) Intermezzo Bar received a new color scheme, new carpeting, blinds and new furniture (chairs, sofas, stools, coffee tables, lampshades).
  • All Suites were refreshed with new design, new color scheme, new furniture (sofabeds, armchairs, coffee tables, lamps), new curtains, bed cushions, throws.

The boat's 2013 drydock (November-December) resulted in:

  • 24 new passenger cabins (of which 6 single-occupancy cabins), all cabins were refurbished (new carpeting, flat TVs)
  • The Globe Lounge became the Electra Disco
  • Orchid restaurant became “East”
  • Crow’s Nest Lounge refit and renovation (added new bar).

The 2008 drydock (at Lloyd Werft Germany, 24-day refit at the Bremerhaven yards) included:

  • Stern refit- 34 new passenger cabins were added, of which 10 single cruise cabins, 23 balcony rooms, 1 suite.
  • Cyb@Study (Internet center) was converted into The Screening Room (cinema), while the Internet stations were moved to The Library.
  • Ocean Grill Restaurant was renovated, Aquarius Bar was enlarged.

Additional 75-ton Sun Deck area was added (size 5920 ft2 / 550 m2).

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