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Christened 2005 April 12th (by Kelly Holmes)  

Being the fourth ship in P&O history to bear this name, Arcadia is the odd one out in the fleet. Whereas most fleetmates are sisters to Princess Cruises' vessels, Arcadia looks more different in terms of exterior features, public area arrangements and interior designs.

This can be explained by her undecided identity before debut. She was first ordered by Holland America Line (HAL) as an evolution of Vista Class, but later reassigned as the original Queen Victoria for Cunard Line. Cunard then intended to have a bigger ship, thus transferred the ship again to P&O Cruises for the British market.

As a result, Arcadia exhibits multiple personalities, combining those of HAL's Vista and Signature Class, Cunard's Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, plus many British elements. She has some unique features among P&O ships, including the panoramic exterior glass-wall elevators, a three-deck showlounge and a two-tier dining room. In late 2008, she had a major refit in Bremerhaven, in which an aft superstructure section with 34 more cabins were added.

Arcadia is one of the child-free vessels in P&O Cruises, and very different to the more traditional ships in the fleet. The interior decor is contemporary but still elegant, with about 3000 artworks by British artists. Plenty of bars and lounges can be found onboard for the British adult passengers. Other than European cruises, she is also suitable for sailing grand voyages due to her Panamax size.

Entered Service 2005 April 14th
Builder Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.,
Marghera, Venice (Italy)
Original Cost US$400 million
Registry Hamilton, Bermuda
Gross Tonnage 83700 tons
Length x Beam x Draft 290.0 x 32.3 x 7.8 (m), 951.2 x 105.8 x 25.6 (ft)
Speed 22 knots, 24 knots (maximum)
Passenger Decks 13
Number of Cabins
(Inside / Oceanview / Balcony)
1008 (152, 155, 701)
(Standard Occupancy /
Full Occupancy)
2016 / 2120
Total Crew 880
Navigation Officers British
IMO Number, Call Sign 9226906, ZCDN2
Sister Ships /
History 2005-2005: Queen Victoria <I> (Cunard Line)
- : Arcadia (P&O Cruises)

(Unless otherwise specified, information about Arcadia in this virtual ship tour was correct at the time of publishing after the author visited the ship in June 2012. Cruise Wonderland would like to express our gratitude to P&O Cruises in organizing the ship tour for us.)

Click on different decks to view the details:
Deck A / Deck 1 / Deck 2 / Deck 3 / Deck 4 / Deck 5 / Deck 6 / Deck 7 / Deck 8 / Deck 9 / Deck 10 / Deck 11 / Deck 12

Deck A (Antigua Deck)
Almost all areas on Deck A are crew-only, with the Medical Centre as the only facility. There are also Tender Embarkation Platforms which can be reached by the midship staircase and elevators.

Medical Centre:
The well-equipped Medical Centre is located forward on Deck A which can only be accessed from the forward staircase. Supervised by a doctor and nurses, it is open daily at specific times, and provides charged medical consultation.

Deck 1 (G Deck / Grenada Deck)
Deck 1 is the home to the lobby, front desk, shore excursion desk, future cruise desk, the main showlounge, as well as some inside and oceanview cabins.

Larger Inside Cabin Outside Cabin Grenada Deck Hallway

The Palladium:
The Palladium is the main showlounge onboard, which is placed forward that spans three decks. The entrances on the lowest level, Deck 1, are adorned with sculptures created by the British artist Andrew Logan.

The three-deck-high Atrium is the heart of Arcadia which gives passengers the first impression of the ship. Spanning from Deck 1 to Deck 3 amidships, it boasts a stained and intricate glass ceiling crafted by the British glass designer Jo Downs, together with a winding staircase that create a contemporary feeling. Although being smaller than the grand atriums on other ships, there are still numerous information desks and bars around it.

Grenada Deck Forward Staircase Atrium Atrium

Placed at the port side of the base of the Atrium, the Reception is staffed 24 hours a day to assist in passengers' enquiries.

Tours Office:
The Tours Office at the starboard side of the Atrium is the shore excursions desk. The staff are on hand to offer information and advice about all available tours at the coming ports of call.

Cruise Sales & Loyalty Desks:
Two rooms at the base of the Atrium are the desks for future cruise sales and membership queries. Passengers can book their next vacation, obtain information about P&O Cruises future sailings, or ask about the membership benefits here.

Reception Tours Office Cruise Sales & Loyalty Desks

Deck 2 (F Deck / Florida Deck)
The majority of public rooms can be found on Deck 2, including the main showlounge, five bars, the main dining room, an alternative restaurant, the casino and the Art Gallery.

The Palladium:
The main level of The Palladium can also be entered on Deck 2. This 736-seat showlounge is equipped with latest high-tech staging, lighting and sound systems, and offers good sightlines on both banquette-style and tub chair seatings. Production shows, acrobatics or classical concerts are scheduled every evening.

The Rising Sun:
Located forward at the starboard side, The Rising Sun is a traditional British style pub with wood panelling, etched glass, burgundy leather sofas, as well as jukebox and a stage. It is an ideal place for playing darts, singing karaoke, dancing as well as watching live sports events.

The Palladium The Palladium The Palladium
The Rising Sun The Rising Sun The Rising Sun

Monte Carlo Casino:
The stylish Monte Carlo Casino is situated at the port side, near The Palladium and The Rising Sun pub. There are gaming tables for roulette and blackjack, together with over 50 slot machines.

Electra is nightclub at the port side amidships, designed with a vibrant retro theme in a combination of colours. It has a psychedelic dance floor, alcove seating and fibre-optic lighting, all combine to create a lively atmosphere for karaoke, parties and discos.

The Globe:
The Globe is at the heart of the ship, at Deck 2 amidships. As the name suggests, the room is circular with curly seating. It boasts a large wooden dance floor for ballroom dancing, movie screenings, cabaret acts, concerts, art auctions and onboard lectures. There is also a elegant bar with overhead sparkling starlights.

Art Gallery:
The Art Gallery can be found at a sweeping corridor that runs along the starboard side amidships, connecting the midship elevators and The Rising Sun. Artwork collections are displayed here and can be purchased.

Monte Carlo Casino Monte Carlo Casino Electra

The Globe The Globe Art Gallery

Ocean Grill:
Positioned beside the Atrium, this room was originally the Arcadian Rhodes which offered British cuisine created by the celebrity chef Gary Rhodes. Starting from 2012, it becomes Ocean Grill, another alternative restaurant for dinner only. The
menu is developed by world-renowned restaurateur Marco Pierre White, and the dishes are presented in a contemporary style. Reservations are required and a cover charge applies.

Intermezzo is a cocktail and champagne bar located next to Ocean Grill, on the second level of the Atrium. It is a perfect place for a pre-dinner drink.

Atrium Ocean Grill Ocean Grill
Intermezzo & Ocean Grill Intermezzo Intermezzo

Spinnaker Bar:
The maritime-inspired Spinnaker Bar is in between Intermezzo and the Meridian Restaurant. It has a fine display of ship models and memorabilia, as well as the ship's bell of the former Arcadia <II> of P&O Cruises.

Meridian Restaurant (Lower Level):
The Meridian Restaurant at the stern of Deck 2 and Deck 3 is the main dining room onboard. It is the first and the only two-tier restaurant among the fleet of P&O Cruises. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are offered in open seating, whereas dinner is served traditionally as Club Dining in two seatings at 18:30 and 20:30. There are tables for two, four, six and eight.

Spinnaker Bar Spinnaker Bar Spinnaker Bar
Meridian Restaurant (Lower Level) Meridian Restaurant (Lower Level) Meridian Restaurant (Lower Level)

Deck 3 (Promenade Deck)
Deck 3 is another deck which houses indoor public rooms. There are the balcony level of the showlounge, a cinema, the Library, card rooms, an Internet centre, two bars, shops, the Photo Gallery, and the upper level of the main restaurant.

The Palladium (Balcony):
The balcony level of The Palladium can be accessed from Deck 3. It provides more seats for passengers to enjoy the shows at higher sightlines.

The Screening Room:
Added during the ship's refit in late 2008, The Screening Room is a 30-seat boutique cinema which shows a selected movie every day. Originally this room is the Internet centre called Cyb@study.

The Palladium (Balcony) The Palladium (Balcony) The Screening Room

Horizon Suite (Ocean Room / Bay Room / Sea Room):
There are three spacious, multi-functional rooms at the port side forward, which can be united to become one large venue called the Horizon Suite. Ocean Room and Bay Room are usually used as card rooms, whilst Sea Room is now converted to Cyb@study.

Caffè Vivo:
Caffè Vivo is a cozy coffee shop between The Screening Room and the Library.
It serves a wide selection of sandwiches, cookies, pastries, smoothie, coffee and tea for a nominal fee.

The Library is located at the starboard side amidships, next to Piccadilly. It is a quiet and intimate spot for reading, writing and connecting to the Internet. An extensive range of fiction and non-friction books, as well as board and card games, are available for borrow.

Horizon (Ocean Room) Horizon (Bay Room) Horizon (Sea Room)

Caffè Vivo Caffè Vivo Library

Piccadilly at the port side amidships is a large boutique, where passengers will find an array of elegant and casual clothing, jewellery, perfumes, accessories and P&O logo souvenirs.

The midship Emporium is a compact shop which stocks many essentials that passengers may need, from souvenirs, books, snacks, to toiletries and small electronics.

Piccadilly Piccadilly Emporium

The Piano Bar:
The Piano Bar is positioned at the top of the Atrium, overlooking the public rooms on lower decks. As the name suggests, a piano is placed in this bar, where the resident pianist plays some soft music to provide an intimate feel.

Just aft of the Atrium top level and opposite to The Piano Bar, Celebrations is a desk with a range of floral displays crafted by the resident florist, as well as a selection of gifts. They can be purchased for friends and loved ones in memorable occasions.

Photo Gallery:
The Photo Gallery is at the starboard side hallway connecting the Piano Bar and the Meridian Restaurant. Passengers can view the pictures captured by the ship's photographers, develop their own film, download and print the images right onboard. Photographic supplies such as films, photo frames and albums can also be bought here.

The Piano Bar The Piano Bar Atrium
Celebrations Photo Gallery Photo Gallery

Meridian Restaurant (Upper Level):
The upper level of Meridian Restaurant can be accessed on Deck 3. The two levels are connected by a pair of spiral staircases at the central area. There are also eleven clear acrylic chandeliers on the ceiling which were created by the British glassmaker Neil Wilkin.

The wide, teakwook Promenade encircles the entire ship, and is perfect for a morning walk.

Meridian Restaurant (Upper Level) Meridian Restaurant (Upper Level) Promenade

Deck 4 (E Deck / Egypt Deck)
Deck 4 is a passenger stateroom deck which consists of inside cabins, oceanview cabins, balcony cabins and Suites.

Inside Cabins:
Inside Cabins (170 square feet) are distributed over Deck 4 to Deck 8. Each room has two lower beds, bathroom with shower and water closet, chair and table, vanity or writing desk, wardrobe and drawer space, air-conditioning, flat-screen television, radio, telephone, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, tea or coffee making facilities, mineral water on arrival, and luxurious pamper pack. There is also daily steward service. Moreover, some Larger Inside Cabins (181 square feet) are situated on Deck 1, Deck 6 and Deck 8, in which each of them has an additional two-seater sofa.

Outside Cabins:
Outside Cabins (170 square feet) are located on Deck 1, Deck 4 and Deck 6. Each room has all the facilities and items same as those in an Inside Cabin, plus a picture window and a two-seater sofa.

Launderettes can be found on Deck 4, Deck 5 and Deck 6. They are free of charge for passengers' use. Detergents, fabric softeners, irons and ironing boards are provided.

Outside Cabin Launderette Egypt Deck Forward Elevators

Deck 5 (D Deck / Dominica Deck)
A range of different accommodations can be found on Deck 5, from inside cabins, balcony cabins to Mini-Suites and Suites.

Deluxe Balcony Cabins:
In addition to all the furniture and facilities that Outside Cabins have, Deluxe Balcony Cabins (254 square feet) have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors leading to balcony with table and reclining chairs, as well as a small bathtub in the bathroom. They can be found from Deck 4 to Deck 8. Some balcony cabins are considerably larger, especially for those facing aft and those at the "corners" near forward and aft elevators.

Balcony Cabin Balcony Cabin Balcony Cabin

Deck 6 (C Deck / Canada Deck)
Deck 6 houses inside cabins, oceanview cabins, balcony cabins and Suites.

Deck 7 (B Deck / Bermuda Deck)
Deck 7 comprises premium passenger accommodation. A large number of Suites and Mini-Suites occupy the midship section, complete with some more balcony cabins and inside cabins at the two ends.

Mini-Suites (384 square feet) are situated amidships on Deck 7, plus a few on Deck 5 and Deck 7 forward.
Additional features include bathroom with full-size whirlpool bath and separate shower enclosure, coffee machine, DVD player, atlas and binoculars, bathrobe and slippers, iron and ironing board, trouser press, magazine and newspaper selection, fruit basket, flowers, champagne and chocolate on arrival, and also daily canapés.

23 Suites (606 square feet) are positioned amidships of Deck 7, and 12 more can be found at the aft end from Deck 4 to Deck 8. Additional premiums include a dressing area, a mini stereo, butler service and also priority embarkation. All the Suites are named after famous cities around the world where P&O Cruises have visited.

Inside Cabin Mini-Suite Suite (Hong Kong Suite)

Deck 8 (A Deck / Australia Deck)
Deck 8 is the highest deck with passenger staterooms. Inside cabins, balcony cabins and Suites can be found here. The bridge is situated at the forward end.

Deck 9 (Lido Deck)
Being the deck for exercise, fitness and relaxation, Deck 9 is where guests can find the two swimming pools, the gymnasium, spa and salon, a buffet restaurant, a poolside grill as well as two bars.

Oasis Spa & Salon:
The expansive Oasis Spa & Salon at the forward of Deck 9 is composed of a beauty salon, sauna and treatment rooms at the port side, and steam rooms at the starboard side. There is also a dry floatation suite, and a thermal suite that incorporates a hydrotherapy pool. Various beauty treatments and spa services are provided.

The Gymnasium is located adjacent to the Oasis Spa & Salon and above the bridge. Passengers can enjoy the fantastic forward ocean views while exercising. There is a selection of latest fitness equipment, including exercise bikes, rowing machines, running machines, steppers as well as weights.

Oasis Spa & Salon Oasis Spa & Salon (Beauty Salon) Oasis Spa & Salon (Steam Room)

Oasis Spa & Salon (Hydro Pool) Gymnasium Gymnasium

Neptune Pool:
Situated between the forward and midship elevators, the Neptune Pool is the main swimming pool onboard. The entire pool area is covered by a clear glass movable magrodome called the Skydome, which can be closed in poor weather and retracted on sunny days. There are also three whirlpool spas, a bar, a fast food corner and table tennis tables surrounding the main pool.

Neptune Bar:
Neptune Bar is placed amidships at the port side, at the aft end of Neptune Pool. Guests can enjoy a drink here during deck parties.

Neptune Grill:
Neptune Grill is positioned amidships at the starboard side, at the aft end of Neptune Pool. It is open from 11:00 to 18:30 daily for casual poolside dining at no additional charge. Burgers, pizzas, fries, salad and other fast food items are served.

Neptune Pool Neptune Pool Neptune Pool

Table Tennis Neptune Bar Neptune Grill

The Belvedere:
The Belvedere occupies the entire midship to aft area on Deck 9. It has Japanese decor and offers fine views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. As a self-service buffet restaurant for informal dining, it is open nearly 24 hours a day for continental breakfast, full English breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, daily themed dinner and late night snacks.

Aquarius Pool:
The open-air Aquarius Pool at the aft end is the second swimming pool on Arcadia. Accompanied by two whirlpool spas and plenty of lounge chairs, it is a perfect area to watch the ship's wake.

Aquarius Bar:
With just a few steps away from the Aquarius Pool, the Aquarius Bar has a tropical feel with its bamboo tables and chairs, and offers refreshing cocktails to passengers. There is also outdoor seating for The Belvedere where passengers can opt to dine al fresco.

The Belvedere The Belvedere The Belvedere
The Belvedere Aquarius Pool Aquarius Pool
Aquarius Bar Aquarius Bar Shipyard Plaque

Deck 10 (Sun Deck)
Deck 10 has both indoor and outdoor areas, including an observation lounge, a small chapel, two rooms for fitness and relaxation, as well as the open decks for playing shuffleboards and deck quoits.

The Crow's Nest:
Being a well-known feature on many P&O ships, The Crow's Nest is a forward-facing observation lounge that offers panoramic views of the ocean by day. At night, it is transformed into a lively club which has a bar and a large dance floor.

The Viceroy Room & Wedding Venue:
The Viceroy Room at the starboard side of Deck 10 forward is
a room for reading, writing, organizing enrichment activities and conducting religious services. It is named after the passenger liner RMS Viceroy of India which was served in P&O from 1929 to 1942. It can also be used as a chapel for official marriage at sea.

The Crow's Nest The Crow's Nest The Crow's Nest

The Viceroy Room Sun Deck Sun Deck

The Retreat:
The Retreat at midships is designed to be zen. With floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable sofas and a large area of wooden floor, this room is a perfect space for relaxation as well as various health classes such as yoga and Tai Chi.

Diversions, opposite to The Retreat, is another room for health and fitness. It contains a range of Kinesis resistance training equipment, which makes use of sliding cables to help people improving balance and strengthening muscles.

The Retreat Aquarius Pool Shuffleboards and Deck Quoits

Deck 11 (Sky Deck)
Deck 11 consists of a forward observation area above The Crow's Nest, the midship section with a restaurant and a bar, as well as the aft sports area.

The Orchid Bar:
The Orchid Bar occupies the highest position among all the bars on Arcadia. It is positioned amidships and has panoramic views, overlooking the Skydome and Neptune Pool. This colonial style bar houses a number of paintings by Martin Williams, which form a travelogue of journeys in Asia.

The Orchid Restaurant:
Located amidships, The Orchid Restaurant is an alternative dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and contemporary decorations. It offers Asian fusion cuisine (such as Indian, Thai, Japanese and Chinese) for dinner in a cozy and intimate environment. Reservations are required and a cover charge applies.

The Orchid Bar The Orchid Bar The Orchid Bar (Forward View)
The Orchid Restaurant The Orchid Restaurant The Orchid Restaurant (Aft View)

Sports Court:
The aft, net-enclosed Sports Court is located behind the funnel. It can be used for playing tennis, cricket, volleyball, basketball and football. There are also two golf nets for passengers to perfect their swing.

Sky Deck Midship Panoramic Elevators Sports Court Sports Court

Deck 12
Situated amidships in front of the funnel and above The Orchid Restaurant, Deck 12 is the highest deck on Arcadia which is only accessible by stairs. The outdoor circular area atop the ship is a popular vantage point that can overlook the Skydome, Neptune Pool and open decks.

Observation Deck

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