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.
Paul, we were very lucky to be 'parked' along side the Arcadia 3 weeks ago during our med cruise. The captain gave us permission for anyone from the P&O Aurora to go aboard. It was a lovely ship and set out well. There were 6 lifts at each point throughout the ship, with a large waiting area for them.
The dinning room was on 2 tiers and looked good. The Garry Rhodes rest. looked very 'posh' with the tables set with glass plates and a fair amount of space between the tables. The buffet area was very american design, start at one end with starters & finish at the other end with deserts.
It had lots of little area's to sit throughout the ship, not sure what smoking facilities there was as we don't smoke, but as the Aurora has limited their areas for smoking since our last trip 2 years ago,I think they will be very limited.