Arcadia Review

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Love it or hate it. The Arcadia is a larger ship showing her age while offering traditional cruise cuisine, facilities, and entertainment that may keep passengers smiling or grimacing. At the end of 2013 the ship will go into dry dock, nearly five years after its last multimillion-dollar refurbishment. When it returns, its updated features will include 10 single cabins using reconfigured space from the disco and casino, updated rooms with softer furnishings, a new soundproof nightclub, and rehauled interior design for Marco Pierre White’s Ocean Grill restaurant. The Arcadia transformation will be completed before her 2014 world cruise.

Exclusively for adults, the Arcadia is a mid-size ship carrying 2,388 passengers at full capacity. Her understated elegance is highlighted by an extensive art collection of nearly 3,000 works that showcases modern British artists. A three-tier theater, two-deck fine dining restaurant, and luxurious spa outfitted with a thermal suite and hydrotherapy pool distinguish this ship from others in the P&O fleet. The New Horizons activity program utilizes the services of leading specialists and offers such classes as tai chi, painting, Reiki, and garden design.

P&O's first new ship Arcadia was built on Holland America Line's Vista-class platform (indeed, she was destined to be a Holland America Ship until Carnival acquired P&O in 2003), but the new owners made modifications to suit British tastes. She offers a relaxed pace and stylish accommodations. Her signature features include exterior glass-fronted elevators, a celebrity chef restaurant, and expansive panoramic views from the Sky Deck. A refined yet lively British Victorian–style pub is a favorite of repeat cruisers. Special attention is paid to daily activities, entertainment, and recreation to ensure relaxation of mind, body, and spirit.

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