Fans of the P&O Cruises ship Arcadia will be pleased to hear that she has just had a multi-million pound refit. The refurbishment took place in Hamburg at the Blohm+Voss shipyard.
I’ve acquired a number of exclusive photos taken on board in Hamburg and Southampton, after the refit work was completed.
Launched in 2005, Arcadia is one of three adult-only ships in the P&O Cruises fleet. At almost 84,000 tonnes, she carries just over 2000 passengers to exotic destinations across the world.
I’m particularly fond of Arcadia because I worked on her twice. The first contract was very special because it was my one and only full World Cruise. For officers, the cabins have always been generously sized and her itineraries are always unusual and exciting.
Arcadia has always felt different to the other ships in the fleet. A number of pros and cons have helped give her that unique quality. Personally, I’ve always thought that her theatre is one of the most impressive that I’ve seen on a ship. The Aquarius Bar is still one of my favourite bars at sea, with its perfect balance of undercover and exposed outdoor space. The views from the Sindhu restaurant are superb and the glass passenger lifts are always fun to travel in.
However, the Atrium has always been a talking point for all the wrong reasons. Its closed-in feel makes the ship feel like it lacks that central compass point that it should have.
The colour scheme can sometimes seem dark and oppressive, with muted blues and greys adorning the public areas. But these are minor negatives for a ship that has a consistently loyal following.
What to expect post-refit
P&O Cruises claim they have listened to guest feedback when planning the refurbishments on board. The company used RPW Design to implement the interior changes, which include new carpets and furniture, fixture and fitting upgrades and fresh colour schemes.
Whilst the cabins have seen a general sprucing up, it’s the suites that have really benefited from the refit. An elegant new design scheme has been introduced, aimed at creating an inviting ambience whilst reflecting the ship’s journey. New furniture has further improved the standard of Arcadia’s suites.
As you can see from these photos, there have been quite a few changes to the public areas. The furniture in the Aquarius Pool and Bar area has been updated and a brighter new colour scheme is now in place. The Atrium, Piano Bar and Intermezzo have all had new furniture and carpet installed. The Oasis Spa has also had an update with new armchairs, carpets and loungers, which help to enhance the sense of relaxation.
Arcadia returned to Southampton on 15th November, when she embarked on her first post-refit cruise to Belgium. She’ll sail to the Caribbean for a 24 night cruise on 22nd November, before setting off on her 99 night World Cruise in January 2018.
You can find out more information about Arcadia via the P&O Cruises website.
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