Arcadia (P&O Cruises)


The fourth incarnation of a “P&O Arcadia” and third largest vessel in the current P&O fleet, Arcadia is a middle-weight cruise ship, voyages are restricted to adults only – with a strict policy of no under 18s, so she is suitably named, “Arcadia” literally means a sanctuary offering peace. That’s what you should expect from the moment you board, to put your feet up and be at peace.

Life on-board is decadent and contemporary, one of Arcadia’s unique points is the number of art pieces she has on-board, some 3,000 pieces by British artists – Arcadia is a floating city come art-gallery.

Interiors are designed to look and feel like the classic British cruising of the 1920’s and 30’s, Arcadia was after all almost “Queen Victoria” of Cunard fame (more about that in the history tab).

Staterooms on-board may seem small but each comes equipped with a flat-screen TV in each room, coffee/ tea-making facilities and the overall atmosphere is comfortable and accommodating.

Dining on Arcadia is as bountiful as you would find on any other P&O ship, the main restaurant The Meridian is a two tier spacious room, beautifully adorned with chandeliers, dining is accompanied with music tinkled from a grand piano. For a spicy change you might want to venture into the Orchid Restaurant for some Asian infused cuisine, the views from here are panoramic and spectacular.

As well as a taste of the Orient you can also casually dine at the Ocean Grill a Marco Pierre White creation. There is also The Belvedere, a buffet style service open all hours.

Arcadia also boasts a three-tier Palladium theatre where-by you can take in some of the fantastic cabaret acts that P&O organise. Make sure you take some time to visit the Crow’s Nest. Whether you enjoy classical music or not, the classical concerts performed here – the atmosphere in the Crow’s Nest suits the music-genre perfectly and you’ll feel your troubles slide away.

If you need yet more relaxation visit The Retreat, Arcadia has on-board Yoga and Tai-Chi classes, this is also a great way to meet new people and share experiences. Arcadia is brimming with gym equipment and pampering treatments to keep yourself toned and feeling great during your indulgent voyage.


Arcadia was named by Dame Kelly Holmes in April 2005.  Dame Kelly won two gold medals in the 2004 Olympics (Athens).  Her first gold she achieved by winning the 800m, her second came in the 1,500m. In a race over 1500m Arcadia travelling at 22kn would beat Kelly Holmes. We hope to see Arcadia running for team GB in the 2016 Olympics.

Ship info

Cruise LineP&O Cruises
Ship Length289.86 m (951 ft)
Ship Beam25.46 m (105 ft)
Ship Draft32 m (26 ft)
No. of decks11
Service Speed22 knots
Onboard CurrencyGBP
Daily Gratuity£3.10 per person (over 12 y/o)
Registry PortHamilton, Bermuda
Home PortSouthampton, United Kingdom
Ship Yard no.6078
Ship YardFincantieri Porto Marghera, Italy
Build Date12th July 2003
Build CostApprox £400 million GBP
IMO Number9226906
Call SignZCDN2
Entered Service26 June 2004
StatusIn Service

Ship history

In 2003 she was acquired by Cunard Line to become their Queen Victoria, there are many similarities between the two ships Arcadia and Queen Victoria, Arcadia stands out from the rest of the P&O fleet because of her Cunard style features, note the mast and funnels in comparison.

Shortly before her launch as Queen Victoria, a decision was made to transfer her, and she was adopted by P&O Cruises, this being the fourth incarnation of Arcadia that has sailed under the P&O flag.

In 2008 Arcadia underwent a major multi-million pound refit. The shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany added eco-friendly paint to her hull so that P&O have in turn been able to reduce their fuel consumption by up to 8%. Also added were; 34 new staterooms, a new bar, extensions to the photo gallery space as well as general refurbishment of many areas including passenger cabins.

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