It’s always so exciting when a cruise line announces information about their new ships on the horizon. We all wait patiently for snippets of news on what she’ll be like and we start asking ourselves questions on what we can expect; How big will she be? What new features will she have? Will she have any cruise line classic features? Where will she be heading?
Sister ship to Iona, Arvia will launch in December 2022 and is currently being built at the Meyer shipyard in Germany. She is being designed to celebrate holidays full of sunshine and blue skies’ and with P&O cruises recent announcement that she will be heading to the Western Mediterranean for her first full season in the summer of 2023 and to the Caribbean for her first full winter season in 2024, we can see why!
Arvia is the first ship of her kind to feature a SkyDome with a retractable roof. This unique feature brings guests even closer to the sea, sky and shore. So even if the weather isn’t perfect for sunbathing, passengers can still enjoy the glorious views, a dip in the pool or relaxing on a sunbed with a cocktail in hand?
Dining & Bars
In addition to fleet favourites when it comes to dining and bars onboard, P&O Cruises will be introducing new dining concepts for their guests to enjoy when sailing onboard Arvia;
Green & Co, featuring Mizuhana, deck 8: Get ready for the freshest flavours at sea with Green & Co’s exquisitely crafted fish and plant-based dishes and sushi courtesy of Mizuhana. This chic and contemporary restaurant boasts a stylish sushi bar – sit and watch the expert sushi chefs at work before tucking into their delicate creations or take a seat at elegant tables with mouth-watering sea views to accompany your meal. Expert food-pairing advice and vibrant cocktails complete the unforgettable experience.
6th Street Diner, deck 6: For the best all-American eats in a truly cool setting, look no further than 6th Street Diner. It’s the perfect venue for fun dining with friends and family. The laid-back vibe (think modern-retro seating, atmospheric lighting and a jukebox playing classic tracks) is complemented by a big-flavour menu of Stateside favourites. Anyone for fried chicken and waffles with bourbon mascarpone?
Roast in The Quays, deck 8: The multi-venue dining piazza The Quays was first rolled out on Iona and we’re delighted to add a tasty new eatery to the joyous mix of flavours. Roast Carvery reinvents the classic Sunday Roast with a range of roasted meats, cooked to perfection and served with trimmings in a Yorkshire pudding wrap.
Infinity Pool and Bar and Panorama Pool & Bar, decks 16 and 18: Imagine gliding through cool waters to order your favourite cocktail without leaving the pool. Yes, our new ship boasts a super-glam swim-up bar in addition to a stunning infinity pool with uninterrupted views of the ship’s wake. Either way, choose your refreshment and sip in style.
Sunset Bar, deck 8: For great sounds and chilled vibes, it’s got to be Sunset Bar. With cooling sun canopies, whirlpools and a laid-back atmosphere, it’s ideal for lazy afternoons and sundowners. By night, hang out and relax in a swinging seat as you listen to live DJ sets.
Arvia will not only have a huge range of new dining experiences but also some groundbreaking entertainment experiences too;
SkyDome, decks 16 and 17: To take full advantage of her sunny itineraries, our new ship’s retractable SkyDome roof lets the sunshine in. It’s a special space to enjoy an incredible range of entertainment. Everyone will love SeaScreen, with its blockbuster movies and classic movie sing-along. Then there’s the dynamic programme of family shows, game shows, interviews, cookery demonstrations, live music, guest tribute acts and dazzling aerialists. When the shows are over, it’s time for dancing and late-night DJ sets under the stars. SkyDome will also host cocktail parties on Celebration nights.
Altitude Skywalk, Altitude Minigolf and Altitude Splash Valley and Altitude Sports Arena, deck 19: Get ready for an exciting new activity zone on the ship’s top deck. Altitude Skywalk, our first-ever high ropes experience, will appeal to all ages. Choose from two courses to test your sense of adventure as you navigate the routes while 54m above the ocean. Below the high ropes, you’ll need more of a level head for Altitude Minigolf. With a tropical theme and nine holes of playful challenges, have fun in the sunshine or under the lights at dusk. Altitude Splash Valley is a colourful outdoor play area for youngsters. Have a blast with interactive water features, family-friendly play equipment and awesome views.
All-round family fun: Everyone will love the Altitude activities on the top deck but there’s so much more for the young – and the young at heart – to do together. Marvel at aerialists in the Grand Atrium, catch a family-movie matinee at the multi-screen Ocean Studios or on the SeaScreen and enjoy fabulous family shows in the two-tier Headliner’s Theatre and SkyDome. If your little ones need friends of their own, The Reef is the place to be. Our specialist children’s clubs staffed by expert staff will keep them happy all day long. Teenagers can hang out in their own space too. Scene boasts the latest in interactive activities, gaming tech, cool lounging and a whole lot more. Parents, you’re not invited.
The Avenue, deck 8: Shopping at sea has never been so stylish or so varied. At The Avenue on deck 8, you’ll find more than 1,300sqm of shopping heaven with spacious boutiques showcasing premium fashion, beauty, accessories, technology and travel brands. You’ll also enjoy more immersive experiences, personalised products, bespoke collections, sustainable brands and a wide range of eco-centric luxury lines.
Oasis Spa and Health Club, decks 5 and 6: Get ready to feel revitalised from top to toe. Wellbeing innovations on our new ship include two VIP Couple Suites (each boasting a hammam and steam room), a therapeutic cool room, a restorative salt sauna and an invigorating Kneipp Walk (combining a pebble foot massage with hot- and cold-water treatments) to stimulate circulation and boost vitality.
So, that’s all we know so far about P&O Cruises Arvia but, if you’re interested in being the first to sail onboard this brand new ship, click HERE to view deals