Saturday, 21 December 2013

P&O's Big Arcadia Makeover

P&O Cruises recently completed a big makeover for their eight-year-old Arcadia (just in time for Christmas!) and have followed up with an impressive video of all the refurbishments.

The extensive refit is part of a fleet-wide improvement programme, and Arcadia should look quite spiffy as a result. Here's what they have done:

The Crow’s Nest lounge and bar - this has been completely transformed with new flooring, seating areas, partition walls, furniture, colour scheme, bespoke lighting, low level lamps and new-look extended bar.

The shopping area – this has been extended and dramatically reconfigured with open-plan layout, new glass cabinets, display units and LED lights throughout. With a look and feel more akin to a department store, there’s also appropriate luxury new brands on offer such as Givenchy, benefit, Gerry Weber and Ted Baker.

The Globe - this is now closed off and totally encased to provide a new late-night dancing venue. Designed to improve the sound quality inside and also to reduce the level of noise outside, passengers can party without disturbing other guests.

There are 24 new cabins on Sun Deck - 14 deluxe balcony cabins, 4 inside single cabins, 3 larger inside double cabins, 2 new single cabins with balcony (a first in P&O's fleet and unique to Arcadia), and 1 mini suite.

The introduction of East restaurant (replacing Orchid on sky deck 11) with an Asian fusion menu designed by Michelin-star celebrity chef Atul Kochhar. Exactly the same as Ventura, the Indonesian menu has influences from Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese cuisine.

The introduction of Freedom Dining to the upper tier of the Meridian Restaurant. As on other ships, passengers who opt for Freedom Dining can arrive at any time from 6.30-9.30pm, with whomever they wish. The bottom tier of Meridian will continue to operate as Club Dining.

Refreshed cabins – with new carpets, curtains and 32” or 40” flat-screen TVs in all cabins.

P&O marketing director Christopher Edgington said: “This has been a huge project and a lot of hard work has gone in to make this happen. The outcome is nothing short of outstanding. Arcadia looks incredible.”

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