Arvia – our new cruise ship arrives 2022

Iona’s eagerly-anticipated sister ship, Arvia, joins the fleet in December 2022 and is heading for the sunshine. Like Iona, Arvia is another Excel class cruise ship, with even more freedom, innovation and variety in store than ever before. So get ready for your ultimate P&O Cruises holiday.

Revel in the glorious Caribbean rays from Arvia’s unique SkyDome. Luxuriate in modern accommodation with crystal-clear sea views from your Conservatory Mini-suite. Enjoy your pick of dining experiences in new and exclusive restaurants. And relax and re-energise with entertainment and activities for the whole family, from cinema screenings and live music to a brand new activity zone, Altitude. Arvia will also be our second cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas; with significantly reduced carbon emissions, we can continue to create a future of more responsible travel for many years to come.

Celebrating a build milestone for our most environmentally-friendly cruise ship

A key stage in the construction of Britain’s newest and most innovative cruise ship has been marked at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. The team building P&O Cruises 184,000 tonnes ship Arvia, which, like its sister ship Iona, will be powered by liquefied natural gas, making them both among the world’s greenest ships, celebrated the milestone with the traditional coin-laying ceremony. This event is a long-held ship-building tradition which is to bring good luck to the ship and its crew through construction to the future at sea. Specially selected Barbados coins were placed under the block before the block was then lowered onto the coins.

Fun in the sun at Arvia’s Altitude

Altitude brings a world of thrilling new experiences to Arvia. From day to nightfall, deck 19 is your new destination for fun and outdoorsy adventures for all the family. Will it be a round of tropical island-themed mini golf, a splash in the cool outdoor water play zone, playing daredevil on our first ever high-ropes experience or a football or basketball match against a rival team in the sports arena? Fun in the sun with ocean views – now there’s a idea that’s hard to beat.

Arvia's taking shape

We’re delighted to bring you an update on Arvia’s build at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. On Sunday 24 October 2021, the mega-block float out took place, signalling a key development in our new ship’s build. The mega-block consists of approximately 30 individual blocks united in one mighty structure that weighs 15,000 tons, and measures 140m long (nearly six tennis courts laid end to end) and 42m wide (nearly the height of Nelson’s Column in London). Arvia will now enter a new phase during which the mega-block elements will be fitted out and cabins installed. The mega-block will move back into the hall at the beginning of 2022, where it will be joined with the bow section that is currently under construction in the hall.

See the world in widescreen

Arvia’s SkyDome has something for everyone from day until nightfall. Find delicious dining and spellbinding entertainment plus bars, a pool and plenty of loungers for relaxing and soaking up the sunshine under the stunning retractable glass roof.

Meet Shivi – our newest P&O Cruises Local Food Hero

Shivi is passionate about bringing the bold flavours, colourful ingredients and joyful style of Caribbean food to new audiences, while adding personal touches that reflect her own journey.

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