Arcadia Review and Specifications

Specifications of Arcadia

Year built2005  /  Age : 13
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Marghera, Italy)
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 - 1904
Passengers-to-space ratio44
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2017
Christened byKelly Holmes

Current itinerary of Arcadia

Arcadia current cruise is 30 days, round-trip USA and Canada. The itinerary starts on 03 Sep, 2018 and ends on 03 Oct, 2018.

Date / TimePort
03 Sep      Departing from Southampton, England   
10 Sep - 12 Sep     New York, Cape Liberty NYC   
14 Sep     Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada   
15 Sep     Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada   
17 Sep     Gaspe, Quebec, Canada   
18 Sep     Sept-Iles, Quebec, Canada   
20 Sep     Saguenay, Quebec, Canada   
21 Sep - 22 Sep     Quebec City, Canada   
24 Sep     Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada   
25 Sep     Magdalen Islands, Quebec, Canada   
26 Sep     Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada   
27 Sep     Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada   
03 Oct      Arriving in Southampton, England   

Review of Arcadia

Launched in 2005, Arcadia cruise ship is one of the P and O UK's "adult ships" - together with the fleetmates Oriana and Aurora (since April 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 in 2003 merged with Carnival Corporation. 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 84,342-ton, 1,968-passenger cruise 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 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-style cruise 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 UK; roudtrip sailings from Southampton to Norway Fjords, Iceland, Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Sea; Transatlantic repositioning crossings.


Most Arcadia staterooms are 200-sq.foot Balcony rooms (652). There are a total of 1000 staterooms in 30 categories. The largest aboard Arcadia are the Suites (380 ft2).

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 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, cuisine includes Indian, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese dishes/4-course menu; open 6:30-9:30pm, 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. Organised 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.

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
  • 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)
  • 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, 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, Shufflleboard); Sports Court (football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, cricket); Table Tennis; Golf Nets.

Arcadia wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 17
  • Total number of cabins: 1000 (of which 86 Suite, 652 Balcony, 162 Inside rooms)
  • Dining Rooms: Meridian Restaurant
  • Restaurants and food bars: Belvedere (buffet), Ocean Grill (by Marco Pierre-White), "East" (Asian, former "Orchid Restaurant")
  • Lounges & Bars: Palladium (theater), Anderson’s, Crow’s Nest (observation), Cafe Vivo (patisserie), Electra Disco (nightclub), Intermezzo (wine), Rising Sun (pub), casino ("Monte Carlo"), Piano Bar.
  • Amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi access, laundry/self-serve laundromats.
  • Entertainment - Retreat (adults-only area), Oasis Spa & Fitness, Aquarius pool & bar, Neptune pool (bar & grill), 2 jacuzzis, cinema, Library, duty-free shops, combined sports court, two Golf Net cages.
  • Arcadia cruise ship is one of the three P and O Cruises adults-only vessels - along with Adonia (Azamara Pursuit since 2018) and Oriana.
  • Initially, ms Arcadia was a building order for a Vista-class Holland America vessel. While still under construction, the owner Carnival Corporation allocated the ship to Cunard to be operated as "ms Queen Victoria". Shortly before the ship's launch in 2004, Carnival decided to transfer it to P&O UK fleet.
  • As a result of all these pre-launch changes, mv Arcadia as design has Cunard's mast (similar to the one on QM2) and a modified funnel instead P&O's traditional one. The ship is related as sister vessel to Queen Victoria, also to Coral Princess and Island Princess, and partially to Costa Cruises ships Luminosa and Deliziosa. All these liners are Panamax cruise vessels, meaning their dimensions allow them to transit through Panama Canal.
  • For P&O Cruises, Arcadia debuted in April 2005. The ship is adults only (along with mv Oriana) and was named by the famous British athlete Kelly Holmes. The vessel underwent a major refit at Lloyd Werf shipyard (Bremerhaven Germany) in the end of 2008 when was upgraded with 34 new cabins and the stern was extensively refitted.
  • The list of P&O ships operating World Cruises in 2016, besides Arcadia, also included mv Aurora.

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Arcadia Itineraries

The below listed Arcadia cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Jun 14 17 days, round-trip Spain, Italy and Croatia Southampton
2018 Jul 08 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia and Russia Southampton
2018 Aug 17 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia and Russia Southampton
2018 Aug 31 3 days, round-trip France and Guernsey Southampton$519
2018 Sep 03 30 days, round-trip USA and Canada Southampton
2018 Oct 03 17 days, round-trip Spain, Italy and France Southampton$1699
2018 Oct 20 28 days, round-trip Caribbean and Azores Southampton$1949
2018 Nov 17 4 days, round-trip Belgium and The Netherlands Southampton$499
2018 Nov 21 16 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Azores Southampton$1099
2018 Dec 07 2 days, round-trip Belgium Southampton$339
2018 Dec 09 28 days, round-trip Caribbean and Azores Southampton$2399
2019 Jan 06 100 days, round-trip Arcadia's Western Circumnavigation Southampton$11599
2019 Jan 06 45 days, one-way from Southampton to Sydney Southampton$4939
2019 Jan 06 23 days, one-way from Southampton to San Francisco Southampton$2299
2019 Jan 30 40 days, one-way from San Francisco to Hong Kong San Francisco$4619
2019 Jan 30 21 days, one-way from San Francisco to Sydney San Francisco$3499
2019 Mar 12 35 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Southampton Hong Kong$3799
2019 Mar 12 17 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Dubai Hong Kong$2699
2019 Mar 18 29 days, one-way from Singapore to Southampton Singapore$3399
2019 Mar 29 18 days, one-way from Dubai to Southampton Dubai$1999
2019 Apr 16 19 days, round-trip Corfu, Croatia and Italy Southampton$1599
2019 May 05 12 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$1349
2019 May 17 2 days, round-trip Guernsey Southampton$239
2019 May 19 7 days, round-trip France, Spain and Guernsey Southampton$599
2019 May 26 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia and Russia Southampton$1019
2019 Jun 09 12 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$1325
2019 Jun 21 3 days, round-trip Guernsey Southampton$299
2019 Jun 24 19 days, round-trip Spain, Italy and Croatia Southampton$1749
2019 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip France, Spain and Guernsey Southampton$699
2019 Jul 20 14 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords, Iceland and Ireland Southampton$1399
2019 Aug 03 16 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Poland and Russia Southampton$1599
2019 Aug 19 14 days, round-trip Spain, Italy and France Southampton$1479
2019 Sep 02 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Estonia and Russia Southampton$1299
2019 Sep 16 24 days, round-trip Canada Southampton$2752
2019 Oct 10 19 days, round-trip Greece, Croatia and Italy Southampton$1849
2019 Oct 29 28 days, round-trip Madeira, Caribbean and Azores Southampton$2399
2019 Nov 26 12 days, round-trip Norway and Northern Lights Southampton$1319
2019 Dec 08 11 days, round-trip Iberia Southampton$699
2019 Dec 19 10 days, round-trip Baltic Southampton$1119
2019 Dec 29 5 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton$659
2020 Jan 03 100 days, round-trip Arcadia’s Western Circumnavigation 2020 Southampton$9999
2020 Jan 03 50 days, one-way from Southampton to Brisbane Southampton$4919
2020 Jan 03 47 days, one-way from Southampton to Sydney Southampton$4719
2020 Jan 03 43 days, one-way from Southampton to Auckland Southampton$4359
2020 Jan 03 24 days, one-way from Southampton to San Francisco Southampton$2309
2020 Jan 28 41 days, one-way from San Francisco to Hong Kong San Francisco$4749
2020 Jan 28 25 days, one-way from San Francisco to Brisbane San Francisco$3364
2020 Jan 28 22 days, one-way from San Francisco to Sydney San Francisco$3219
2020 Feb 15 57 days, one-way from Auckland to Southampton Auckland$6239
2020 Feb 20 23 days, one-way from Sydney to Singapore Sydney$3517
2020 Feb 20 18 days, one-way from Sydney to Hong Kong Sydney$2657
2020 Feb 22 50 days, one-way from Brisbane to Southampton Brisbane$5649
2020 Feb 22 16 days, one-way from Brisbane to Hong Kong Brisbane$2659
2020 Mar 10 33 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Southampton Hong Kong$3809
2020 Mar 10 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Dubai Hong Kong$2474
2020 Mar 14 29 days, one-way from Singapore to Southampton Singapore$3309
2020 Mar 24 19 days, one-way from Dubai to Southampton Dubai$1809