- Country of registry: Bermuda
- Port of registry: Hamilton
- Entered service: April 2005
- Named by: Dame Kelly Holmes
- Gross Tonnage: 83,500 tons
- Length Overall: 285 meters (935 feet)
- Breadth: 29.2 meters (96 feet)
- Draught (full): 7.8 meters (26 Feet)
- Service Speed: 24 Knots
- Crew: 880
- Regular Passenger Capacity: 2016
- Maximum Passenger Capacity: 2388
- Passenger Decks: 11
- Passenger Cabins: 1008
Arcadia is exclusively for adults, a mid-sized cruise ship
Combining the chic with the classic, Arcadia offers a wonderful blend of features tailored to relaxation and pampering. With one main restaurant with two tiers, a grill restaurant from Marco Pierre White and Atul Kochhar's 'Sindhu' in addition to an expansive spa with thermal suite and hydro-therapy pool, art gallery, a three-tiered theatre and a boutique cinema, she offers more than a hint of extravagance.Signature features
Arcadia offers a relaxed pace, stylish surroundings and more than a hint of extravagance. Arcadia's signature features such as her exterior glass-fronted lifts and expansive art collection, featuring no less than 3,000 works of art, create a sophisticated air.Savour the flavours
Foodies will be in their element on this ship, for in addition to the two-tier Meridian Restaurant and Neptune Grill, Arcadia also features Marco Pierre Whites 'Ocean Grill' restaurant, plus Atul Kochhars 'Sindhu' restaurant.Drift into a state of bliss
Pamper yourself in Arcadia's expansive spa which includes a large hydrotherapy pool and a thermal suite complete with fragrant aromatic showers.
The History of Arcadia
The name Arcadia stems from Greek history
Arcadia was a mountainous and picturesque district of Greece inhabited by shepherds and beautiful young women. In poetic fantasy Arcadia was a pastoral paradise and the birthplace of Pan, the god of Flocks and Shepherds, who wandered the mountains playing his panpipes. Today it is commonly associated with contentment and rural happiness.
Arcadia: Past to Present
The name Arcadia has followed us through several eras from 1954 to the present day. Each ship of this name catered for the needs of the British passenger, and the evolution over time can be seen below.
During the time period of 1887 - 1915, the name was christened upon a ship with a Gross Tonnage of 6,603 and a Passenger Capacity of 410.
Following the the second world war, the Arcadia was brought back during the years of 1954 - 1979. This ship supported more than three times the passengers of its predecessor. This Arcadia had a Gross Tonnage of 29,664 and a total Passenger Capacity of 1,405.
More recently, history has been paid a tribute during the years of 1989 - 2003. During those years the name Arcadia belonged to a magnificent ship of 63,524 Gross Tons and a Passenger Capacity of 1,458. This ship provided a modest increase to the number of passengers but an enormous increase to the available amenities to be experienced while onboard.
Now, starting in 2005, the Arcadia will be used in the P&O Fleet on a super liner of 85,000 Gross Tons with enough room to accommodate 1,952 honored guests (a 34 percent increase of the total passenger capacity).
The facilities provided on this ship for all passengers to enjoy are as follows:
- 3 deck atrium
- 14 bars - British pub, cocktail bar, nautical bar, 2 deck bars
- 2-tier main restaurant
- Deck grill
- 24-hour food court
- Oriental restaurant
- Fine dining restaurant
- Coffee and chocolate bar
- 1 outdoor pool and 5 jacuzzis
- 1 indoor/outdoor swimming pool with retractable Skydome
- 2 shops
- 3-tier theatre
- Alternative entertainment venue
- Night Club
- Observation lounge with panoramic views
- Spa including thermal suite and hydro-therapy pool
- Hair salon
- Relaxation lounge
- Life-enrichment suite
- Art gallery
- Touch-screen photo gallery
- 14 passenger lifts, including 2 panoramic lifts on side of ship
As you would expect of such an impressive superliner, Arcadia offers an array of different dining options. By day, there are numerous choices of venue and dishes to whet your appetite. You might start the day with a continental breakfast on your own private balcony. Opt for some fresh fruit, cereal and a pastry in The Belvedere food court. Or tuck into a cooked P&O Cruises breakfast in The Meridian Restaurant.
Similarly lunch could be long and leisurely, or just involve a quick bite, poolside. A varied selection of foods and dishes invite you to take your pick in The Belvedere around the clock. The Neptune Grill offers a range of light snacks such as burgers, hot dogs, jacket potatoes and salads. And Caffe Vivo has pastries and muffins to complement your specialty coffee. And if you're looking for something that's a little bit more formal, the Meridian Restaurant is the place to go for waiter service and a three-course luncheon menu. Add to this, events such as the chocaholics' buffet, occasional deck bar and Neptune's buffet and you'll be spoilt for choice.
Light the lights!
Holiday on Arcadia and your evenings will sparkle with endless possibilities. The three-tier Palladium Theatre stages spectacular West-End style shows. Singers and comedians perform for you in The Globe. Live bands and karaoke create a great atmosphere in The Rising Sun. You can dance into the small hours in Electra, Arcadia's vibrant nightclub. Add to this quiz nights, talent nights, party nights on deck and much more and you'll find that Arcadia resounds to the sounds of laughter, music and applause.Theatre and show lounges
- The Globe
- The Palladium
- Monte Carlo Casino
- The Piano Bar
- The Crow's Nest
- Neptune Bar
- Aquarius Bar
- The Orchid Bar
- The Rising Sun
- The Spinnaker Bar
Life on Board
Arcadia's contemporary and innovative experience is not just confined to her stylish rooms and decor. You'll find that everything from the cuisine to the spa facilities, daytime activities and evening entertainment possess a modern flair. Arcadia's accommodation comes complete with flat screen televisions. Her rooms are adorned with modern art works by leading British artists. And guest speakers invite you to learn about anything from garden design to wine tasting, color therapy and Reiki.
In fact, choices abound on board. So you can be enjoying a wonderfully leisurely time in Arcadia's luxurious spa one moment, and be tearing around the sports court the next. Or savoring a relaxed poolside snack in the afternoon and being wowed by spectacular cuisine by evening. Watching a grand scale production and aerial acrobatics in the three-tier theatre or being entertained by a lone comedian, center stage. Varied, exciting and eclectic, life on board child-free Arcadia is certain to provide you with some unforgettable experiences.
Health and Well Being
Food for body, mind and soul
With her expansive spa and gymnasium, Arcadia is a haven for well being. All that fresh sea air, combined with the opportunity to relax and unwind is a great tonic for the stresses of everyday life. Step on board and you can let those tensions melt away with a relaxing treatment in the luxurious Oasis Spa. Arcadia's expansive spa has everything from a couples treatment room to a thermal suite and hydrotherapy pool, making it a heavenly place to spend a few hours.
You can also tone up in the ocean-view gymnasium, or even learn how to use her kinesis room, Diversions. Healthy options on the menu help you indulge guilt-free. And daytime activities from Tai Chi to yoga, Reiki and aromatherapy encourage a holistic approach to staying healthy.Health and well being
- Aquarius Pool
- Neptune Pool
- The Retreat
- Sports Court
- Promenade Deck
- Oasis Spa
Salon and spa
Activities and education
Where days brim with possibilities
Sail on Arcadia and when you are not exploring ashore, a whole host of discoveries await you on board. Before you arrive at your ports of call, you can attend a port presentation to find out all the must-see sights and get a feel for the history and culture of each location. There are also activities such as art auctions, Arcadia's art tour, dance lessons and galley tours, peppering your days with new acquaintances and experiences.
Take part in Arcadia's New Horizons activities program and you can develop new skills, make new friends and have fun as you go. With a variety of entertaining and enriching workshops, you can learn about a variety of subjects from leading specialists. From Aromatherapy, Reiki, Tai Chi and skills to boost your confidence to garden design and wine tasting, there's something to spark everyone's imagination.Discover new horizons
- Art auctions
- Art tour
- Contemporary living
- Cookery and ice-carving demonstrations
- Dance classes
- Digital living
- Exercise classes
- Galley walk-through
- Port presentations
- Well being
Discovering your potential - Realize your full potential in order to achieve your hopes, dreams and aspirations. Learn how to unleash your creative side and unlock hidden talents. Boost your self-confidence and open the door to fresh challenges and possibilities. Understand the best way of coping with stress in order to maintain a positive outlook. And discover your inner calm with a lesson in meditation.
- The Ocean Grill - Marco Pierre White restaurant
- Two tier main restaurant
- The Belvedere - Buffet restaurant
- East - restaurant by Atul Kochhar
- 3 tier Palladium theatre
- The Crow's Nest lounge and bar
- The Globe for comedy and live music
- The Screening Room 30 seat cinema
- Oasis Spa with hydropool and thermal suite
- Ocean view gymnasium
- 1 pools with skydome
- 5 whirlpool spas
Please note that the staterooms shown below are samples only. Actual cabin decor, details and layout may vary by stateroom category and type.
Stateroom Symbol Legend
|Cabin has inter-connecting doors|
|Cabin has a chair instead of a sofa|
|Overlooked by balconies above|
|All adapted cabins have a shower only|
P&O Cruises UK
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