P&O Cruises newest cruise ship, Arcadia, has left the Italian shipyard where she was built and is headed for her home port of Southampton. The 83,000-ton vessel was formally handed over from the Fincantieri shipyard on March 24th and departed for Southampton on March 30th. She is expected to arrive on April 6th.
Arcadia will be officially named by Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes at an evening ceremony in Southampton on 12 April, and leaves for her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean two days later. The 926 foot Arcadia is a child-free ship and will be able to accommodate a maximum of 3,400 people – passengers (2,556, of whom 1,996 in lower berths) and crew (890) in 1,478 cabins (of which 998 for passengers, 86% of which with a sea view and 69% with a balcony). Her maximum speed is 22 knots
She features a spa with thermal suite and hydrotherapy pool, three-tier theatre, a 3,000 piece multi-million dollar modern British art collection, 14 bars and six restaurants. One of the latter is called Arcadian Rhodes, developed especially for P&O by celebrity chef Gary Rhodes.
Arcadia is the second P&O liner with that name and will be sailing on itineraries to the Mediterranean, Atlantic islands, Baltic, Norwegian fjords, USA, Caribbean and Central America.