• Passengers booked
    220000+
  • Length: 935ft
  • Beam: 96.00ft
  • Cruising speed: 24kn
  • Casino : 1
  • Gross Tonnage: 83,000
  • Onboard Currency: GBP
  • Show Lounge: 2
  • 14 Places to Drink
  • All Main Meals Included
  • Boutique Cinema
  • Cyb@centre
  • Italian Style Cafe
  • Ocean View Gymnasium
  • Spa
  • Three Tier Theatre
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  • Year: 2005
  • Draft: 26.00ft
  • Bars/Lounges: 14
  • Crew: 880
  • Gym: 1
  • Passenger Capacity: 2388
  • Vessel: 2
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Art Gallery
  • Casino
  • Exclusively For Adults
  • Library
  • Poolside Grill
  • Sports Court
  • Two Tier Main Restaurant
+ show more
  • Length: 935ft
  • Beam: 96.00ft
  • Cruising speed: 24kn
  • Casino : 1
  • Gross Tonnage: 83,000
  • Onboard Currency: GBP
  • Show Lounge: 2
  • 14 Places to Drink
  • All Main Meals Included
  • Boutique Cinema
  • Cyb@centre
  • Italian Style Cafe
  • Ocean View Gymnasium
  • Spa
  • Three Tier Theatre
+ show more
  • Year: 2005
  • Draft: 26.00ft
  • Bars/Lounges: 14
  • Crew: 880
  • Gym: 1
  • Passenger Capacity: 2388
  • Vessel: 2
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Art Gallery
  • Casino
  • Exclusively For Adults
  • Library
  • Poolside Grill
  • Sports Court
  • Two Tier Main Restaurant
+ show more
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P&O UK Arcadia Overview

Escape your everyday routine and relax and unwind on board the P&O Arcadia cruise ship. An exclusively adults-only vessel, the Arcadia is the perfect place to get pampered by day and socialise by night.

Sailing mostly from Southampton in the United Kingdom, she makes regular trips to warm, sunshiney climates such as the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. As soon as you step on board you'll feel any stress slip away. Whether you head straight to the poolside bar for a cocktail, or make a beeline for the Oasis Spa, there's no shortage of spaces to treat yourself on this luxury cruise ship.


Arcadia specs
Built by Fincantieri in Italy in 2005, the Arcadia is a reliable mid-size vessel with capacity for 1,950 passengers. She weighs in at 83,781 tonnes, measures 951.1 feet in length and spans across 11 decks.


Inside Arcadia
The Arcadia interior decor is stylish, contemporary and elegant. Each room incorporates just the right amount of extravagance; from strategically-placed sculptures to delicate chandeliers, you will always feel that you are somewhere special.

The ship underwent a major refurbishment in 2013, one of the biggest refits the P&O cruise line has ever orchestrated. All rooms were given a slick makeover, replacing any dated decor with modern colours and finishing touches. The rooms are light, bright and airy, with cream, blue and gold colourings, while the bars, restaurants and public spaces are always sparkling, with beautiful light arrangements and glossy finishes.

It's also worth mentioning one of the ship's standout features; her exterior, glass-fronted lifts. Guests can enjoy panoramic views of the ocean every time they transfer between floors. This sets the tone for life on board the Arcadia; there are stunning photo opportunities everywhere you look.


Where to eat and drink: Arcadia restaurants and bars
From fine-dining to light snacks, the Arcadia caters for all tastes. The food is fresh, innovative and most importantly, delicious. All of the eateries have a lovely relaxed yet formal atmosphere. Being an adults-only vessel, you'll never have to worry about avoiding children in the main dining room or waiting in line with families at the poolside grill. Couples will also be pleased to note several additional tables for two were added during the ship's 2013 refurbishment; there are now four times as many spaces to enjoy a romantic dinner as there were before.

As for bars, there is no shortage of popular spots to enjoy a drink, night or day. Most of the bars offer great views of the ocean making them perfect places to socialise in the afternoon, and there is also an excellent beach-resort-themed cocktail bar by the Aquarius pool. Later in the evening, there are plenty of buzzing spots to head to after dinner, such as the Globe or the Crow's Nest.

Beer enthusiasts will be pleased to note that craft beer has been added to several of the bars on board.


Things to do on the Arcadia
Unlike on some other cruise ships, life on board the Arcadia is largely centred around relaxation as opposed to adrenalin-fuelled activities. While you won't come across any ziplines, waterslides or rock-climbing walls, you will be able to take your pick from a wide range of spa treatments, comfortable lounges and plush deck-chairs. There are several places to settle down and enjoy a good book with a hot drink in hand, such as the library (which also doubles as an internet cafe) and the Viceroy Room.

Organised activities are fairly laid-back: think yoga classes and golf tournaments. This creates a wonderful holiday atmosphere; why rush around? Besides, you'll need to reserve your energy for the evenings, when the cruise ship really comes to life. Between the Palladium Show Lounge, the casino and the Crow's Nest Bar, you'll have plenty to keep you occupied until the early hours.


Arcadia itineraries and shore excursions
Primarily based in Southampton, the Arcadia regularly sails to the Baltic, Caribbean and Mediterranean regions. The shore excursions available depend on the ship's schedule, but you can expect trips of a high standard and wide variety. Some popular excursions include a tram ride around the Old Quarter in Lisbon, a visit to the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen and a traditional afternoon tea at Reids Hotel in Madeira.

It's a good idea to book your excursion when you purchase your cruise ticket, but you can also make bookings on-board at the Tours Office. The P&O cruise line takes pride in offering a range of excursions to suit all interests and fitness levels, and an English-speaking, expert guide will accompany you on most activities. There is also usually an informative 'port lecturer' on board who can provide information, maps and guidance for those keen to plan their own day out.



Cabins on board the Arcadia cruise ship

Guests can choose between suites, mini-suites, balcony cabins, outside cabins and exterior cabins. Suites offer plenty of space (516 square feet, including the balcony), a separate lounge area and are fitted with jacuzzi bathtubs and DVD players, making them the perfect private retreat. Mini-suites are slightly smaller at 384 square feet.

The three cabin options measure between 170 square feet and 254 square feet. They are all comfortable and include basic amenities such as personal safes, hairdryers, minibars, telephones and tea and coffee making kits.

All of the rooms were given a facelift during the 2013 refurbishment, with new carpets, curtains and flat screen televisions installed. Several single cabins were also added during this time.



Arcadia Food and Dining

Dining included in your Arcadia ticket:

  • Meridian Restaurant: The ship's main dining room, this eatery spans across two levels on deck 3 and operates a 'Freedom Dining' policy, meaning guests can eat anytime between 6pm and 9.30pm. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Belvedere: This casual self-service eatery is open 24-7 and serves a range of different cuisines, including Asian dishes at the 'Oriental Counter'.
  • Neptune Grill: A casual dining area by the pool, this is the place to go for afternoon snacks.
  • Café Vivo: Located near the Piccadilly Shopping Area and the Library, this is the perfect mid-morning coffee stop.



Specialty dining (not included in your Arcadia fare):

  • Ocean Grill by Marco Pierre White: A fine-dining establishment, this serves mouth-watering modern classics with a gourmet twist. Think premium, aged, grass-fed beef and baked portobello mushrooms with a spinach leaf and pecan salad.
  • East Restaurant by Atul Kochhar: It's hard to go wrong with a menu designed by a Michelin-starred chef. Atul Kochhar exceeds expectations with his fusion of Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian and Thai dishes. The ambience here is lovely and relaxed, and the restaurant looks out over the ocean.
  • Room Service: Available from 11am to 11pm. Charges apply.



Entertainment on board the Arcadia cruise ship

Arcadia by day
The Arcadia cruise ship offers several entertainment options throughout the day. Guests will likely get happily lost in the Piccadilly shopping area, a delightfully well-stocked hub featuring high-end brands such as Ted Baker, Gerry Weber, Harrods and Givenchy Make-Up.

Continuing on the luxury theme, the art gallery is well worth a look, featuring no less than 3,000 pieces of stunning art. Another great daytime entertainment option is the Boutique Cinema. With just over 30 seats, this is a cozy spot to relax and lose yourself in a great film.


Arcadia nightlife
With several glitzy bars and cozy lounges, the Arcadia really comes to life in the evening. The Crow's Nest and the Palladium Show Lounge are the two best spots to enjoy live entertainment. The Crow's Nest plays host to a variety of activities as the night goes on, including art auctions, live music (especially jazz), comedy shows, dancing and late-night cabaret performances. Meanwhile the Palladium Show Lounge is home to more traditional musical cruise shows.

Every bar has its own look, feel and theme. The Rising Sun Pub is of British Victorian style and features a jukebox and stage and hosts regular social nights, such as talent shows, karaoke competitions and dancing. This venue also broadcasts big sports matches.

The Intermezzo, on the other hand, is a quieter, upmarket venue. This exclusive cocktail and champagne bar is the perfect place to show off that new dress or slick suit. Other themed nightspots include the Piano Bar (with, you guessed it, live piano performances), the Spinnaker Bar (nautical decor) and the East Bar, a colonial-style venue decorated with travel-themed artwork.

Guests can try their luck at the Monte Carlo casino, located right next to the Palladium Theatre and the Globe nightclub. The casino has two roulette tables and 50 slot machines.


Arcadia pools, gyms and spas
There are three pool areas on board; the Neptune Pool and the Aquarius Pool are open to everyone, while the Aqua Pool in the spa area has a small cover charge.

The Oasis Spa is one of the Arcadia's highlights. Made up of ten treatment rooms, a thermal suite (featuring a hydrotherapy pool), a sauna, a steam room and fragrant aromatic showers, this is the ultimate place to relax, unwind and leave all of your stress behind.

There are several fitness and wellness facilities to choose from. The Retreat offers tai chi, yoga and meditation classes as part of the Arcadia's 'New Horizons' programme, while the gym has all of the latest fitness equipment with the bonus of sweeping sea views.

Guests can also choose from a range of sports facilities, including a sports court (great for racquet or football) and a golf driving range. Depending on the cruise ship schedule, there are occasionally organised sports tournaments for short tennis, football, volleyball, basketball and cricket.
 

Written By: Sarah Glover, Content Editor of Cruise Sale Finder

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